Daniel Craig recently retired as 007 last year. It has been noted that the fans have been busy dream casting the role with actors of all types. It has been further noted that the favorites to bag the role include LGBTQ actors like Bridgerton’s Jonathan Bailey, singer Sam Smith, and Thor’s Tessa Thompson. However, Elba is not willing to grab the role of James Bond.
Meanwhile, Liam Neeson recently revealed that he almost played James Bond, but ultimately turned down the part for love.
Liam Neeson outlines the reason
“I know the Broccolis. They looked at a bunch of actors,” Neeson said. “Schindler’s List had come out and Barbara [Broccoli] had called me a couple of times to ask if I was interested, and I said, ‘Yes, I would be interested.’ And then my lovely wife [Natasha Richardson], God rest her soul, said to me while we were shooting Nell down in the Carolinas, ‘Liam, I want to tell you something: If you play James Bond, we’re not getting married.’”
Neeson honored Richardson’s request and never had a serious meeting with Broccoli. The actor did say he teased his partner by posing his fingers like a handgun while humming the James Bond theme.
“She gave me a James Bond ultimatum, and she meant it! Come on, there’s all those gorgeous girls in various countries getting into bed and getting out of bed. I’m sure a lot of her decision-making was based on that!”
Neeson would go on to have a very successful acting career without playing 007, starring in the Taken franchise, Rob Roy, Batman Begins, and many others.