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10 Actors Who Were Almost James Bond…
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10 Actors Who Were Almost James Bond…

The road to becoming Bond is always a long one and ends up making bookies up and down the country plenty of cash. Lots of big names have tried over the years, but only six have ended up getting the role. So who were the actors who didn't make the cut? Below we've listed 10 of the best ones who might have played 007...

 

David Niven

The smooth as you like Niven was one of the favourites when it was first announced that Bond would be coming to the big screen, but despite being author Ian Fleming’s personal choice to play the role, he ended up losing out to Sean Connery. He took it in good spirits though and would later play Bond in the 1967 spoof Casino Royale.

 

Richard Burton

The Welsh legend was offered the role, but wanted too much money and apparently didn’t think the role had much potential to be a series. He was wrong...

 

Michael Caine

When Sean Connery decided he’d had enough, producers offered the role to Caine, but the gravel voiced actor had already done three movies as superspy Harry Palmer and didn’t want to be typecast, so said no.

 

Clint Eastwood

Another actor to pass on following on from Connery was Eastwood. His reason? He told producers he believed Bond should be British.

 

Liam Neeson

When producers were casting round after Dalton they went after Liam Neeson, but the star wasn’t interested. At the time he’d decided he didn’t want to any more action movies and spurned their interest. When he changed his mind and went back to action roles a few years later Bond was already taken (see what we did there)...

 

Sean Bean

The Sharpe star was one of the leading contenders to take over from Dalton, but ended up losing out to Pierce Brosnan. However the producers liked Bean, so he ended up sticking around and taking the role of villain Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye.

 

Paul McGann

As well as Bean, McGann auditioned for the part and impressed producers, getting so far that he was the second option if Pierce Brosnan had passed on the role. Sadly for McGann, he didn’t...

 

Clive Owen

When it was confirmed that Brosnan was hanging up his revolver after Die Another Day Clive Owen was immediately installed as the heavy favourite to take over. He was a household name, British, well-spoken and, as every had seen in Croupier, looked very good in a tuxedo. He entered negotiations with the producers, but things ended up falling apart in a dispute over contract points. Producers then broadened their search, but they were still a way away from settling on Daniel Craig, with the likes of Sam Worthington, Rupert Friend and Dougray Scott all under consideration, as was...

 

Henry Cavill

Back in 2005 Cavill was just 22 and still a relative unknown, but he still auditioned for 007 and was allegedly the choice of Casino Royale director Martin Campbell. But producers wanted someone older and settled on Daniel Craig. Of course The Man Of Steel star’s time may still come...

 

Julian McMahon

Worthington wasn’t the only Australian with his hat in the ring when it came to replacing Pierce Brosnan. McMahon, who was riding high after his standout role in hit drama Nip/Tuck, revealed that he was close to sealing the role and had got down to the final two. Unfortunately for him that other person was Daniel Craig...

 

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