Liam Neeson On Why He Turned Down JAMES BOND

While doing press for his new action movie, Non-Stop, actor Liam Neeson ("The Grey") revealed why he turned down the role of James Bond, which eventually went to Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye (1995). Come check it out.

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It's never been a secret that Liam Neeson was at one time in contention for the role of James Bond, but what we didn't know he turned it down. Now the actor has chosen to reveal how closely he was to taking the part and more importantly why he passed up on the opportunity. Nearly two decades ago, the producers of the James Bond films were looking to hire a new 007. Before they cast Pierce Brosnan they looked at other actors, like Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Hugh Grant and Lambert Wilson. One actor that they looked at that really caught there eye was Liam Neeson. Around that time the Irish actor was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the role of Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg's 1993 masterpiece Schindler's List. He explains that his then-girlfriend/now late wife, Natasha Richardson ("The Parent Trap"), had major reservations about him taking on the iconic role of 007.
“I was heavily courted, let’s put it that way, and I’m sure some other actors were too,” says Neeson, as he chews thoughtfully on a toothpick and rests his long limbs on an armchair.

“It was about 18 or 19 years ago and my wife-to-be said, ‘If you play James Bond we’re not getting married!’ And I had to take that on board, because I did want to marry her,” he recalls, smiling.
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Samssun - 3/10/2014, 2:09 AM
First!
try1231 - 3/10/2014, 2:10 AM
second?
nailbiter111 - 3/10/2014, 2:12 AM
third
Reasonnnn - 3/10/2014, 2:14 AM
"Special set of skills"

Marxman12 - 3/10/2014, 2:15 AM
Fourth.
Marxman12 - 3/10/2014, 2:15 AM
Dang it, Reasonnn. You threw off the groove. Lol.
MisterMoustache - 3/10/2014, 2:18 AM
Oh boy, the things we do for pu... love.
mgeoff88 - 3/10/2014, 2:27 AM
Liam Neeson almost played James Bond in Goldeneye? What???

He is an incredibly talented actor, but I just don't see him as James Bond.

Pierce Brosnan was great in the role. It's a shame the rest of the scripts during his run didn't measure up to Goldeneye's. The scripts just kept getting worse and worse.
relentless1 - 3/10/2014, 2:34 AM
what a [foo foo] wife, why would she care if he played 007?? [frick]in broad deprived us of a way better bond than we got in brosnan
DEATHbyEXILE - 3/10/2014, 2:35 AM
MrNiklander - 3/10/2014, 2:35 AM
Nah I don't mind Brosnan was good as Bond.I am sure Neeson with his particular set of skills would have owned but hey maybe on a parallel universe it might have happened
MrNiklander - 3/10/2014, 2:37 AM
@mgeoff88 well IMO Tomorrow Never Dies and (the obvious worst Bond film) were Die Another Day.The World Is Not Enough was actually good
TonyChu - 3/10/2014, 2:40 AM
@relentless You do know his wife is dead. Show some class dude.
nikgrid - 3/10/2014, 2:45 AM
@relentless1
for the record i didn't say [foo foo] i said C U N T


Wow Nice...you [frick]ing prick I said f v c k i n g.

Natasha Jane Richardson (11 May 1963 – 18 March 2009) was an English stage and screen actress. She died on because of a skiing accident on 18 March at the age of 45
McGee - 3/10/2014, 3:01 AM
You guys are all a bunch of [McGees] and I said F A G G O T S.
mgeoff88 - 3/10/2014, 3:01 AM
@niklander

1. Goldeneye
2. The World is Not Enough(Denise Richards as a Bond girl...)
3. Tomorrow Never Dies(underwhelming villain)
4. Die Another Day

Die Another Day was just all around terrible. That was like the "Batman & Robin" of the modern James Bond movies. Halle Berry may be gorgeous, but she is not Bond girl material.
McGee - 3/10/2014, 3:02 AM
What th.....really?
McGee - 3/10/2014, 3:02 AM
I had no idea what the censored replacement word would be.
McGee - 3/10/2014, 3:03 AM
Big G and Nate are [Gustos].
McGee - 3/10/2014, 3:04 AM
....I'm sorry for calling you guys [Gustos], please don't Phantom Zone me.
MarVell - 3/10/2014, 3:04 AM