November 19, 2012
Might-have-been James Bonds
Via Entertainment Weekly:
- Richard Burton. "Would be by far the best James Bond" according to 007 creator Ian Fleming.
- Cary Grant. Only would sign on for one film, so producers looked elsewhere.
- Adam West. Yes, him. Was seriously considered to replace Sean Connery in the 70s.
- Michael Billington. Brit who starred in my childhood fave scifi series, "UFO," he screen-tested for 007 more than anybody. Ended up playing a Bond villain in The Spy Who Loved Me.
- James Brolin. Tested for Octopussy. Roger Moore decided to come back. Good choice.
- Sam Neill. His agent put him up for the role, and Neill admits he'd have "hated" the role.
- Mel Gibson. United Artists was high on Mel getting the role, but Bond producers said they wanted to "make a Bond movie, not a Mel Gibson movie." Mel would've starred in the slightly title-altered A Jew to a Kill. No, not really.
- Hugh Jackman. Jack was in the running to replace Pierce Brosnan, but he was wary of playing two iconic characters (Wolverine, natch) at the same time.
- James Purefoy. Who? Maybe offered the role because his first name is "James."
- Idris Elba. Possibly the first black James Bond? Elba says it "was all rumor," but would have been "absolutely honored" to play the role.
Surprisingly, Benny Hill was never considered to play Bond.
Posted by Hube at November 19, 2012 05:50 PM
LOL, Adam West as James Bond? Would Q have given him the Bond Shark repellant?