Sounds Chitty! Dick Van Dyke Reveals He Was Almost JAMES BOND & Knocks Daniel Craig

Sounds Chitty! Dick Van Dyke Reveals He Was Almost JAMES BOND & Knocks Daniel Craig

Dick Van Dyke, 87, is an American actor, comedian, writer, singer, dancer, and was apparently almost 007. In a recent interview with Kevin Pollak, Van Dyke, explained that Cubby Broccoli inquired if the actor had any interest in replacing Sean Connery. Come check it out.

Dick Van Dyke, is best known for his musicals, Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and his long-running television series The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis: Murder. Apparently, while he was filming 1968's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which is based on an Ian Fleming novel, Van Dyke was approached by the film's producer, Cubby Broccoli, who also produced the James Bond films.

“I was doing Chitty,” Van Dyke said, referring to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, “Sean Connery had spoken about leaving the Bond pictures. He had done several at the time. Cubby Broccoli actually pulled me in and asked me if I wanted to do Bond.”

A quizzical Pollack replied, "No, he didn't," but Van Dyke emphatically replied, "Yes, he did!"

"I said, 'Have you heard [my British accent]?" Van Dyke said. "And [Broccoli] said, 'Oh, that's right! Forget it!'"

After that, Pollak and Van Dyke discussed current James Bond, Daniel Craig ("Skyfall"). Van Dyke praised Craig for being a "wonderful" actor, but didn't think he had the "panache to be Bond."

It's hard to see a young version of Van Dyke as Bond, especially since, at that time, he was known for making goofy faces and for his physical comedy, prat falls and such. Connery did leave the franchise, and Broccoli would replace him with George Lazenby for 1969's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."

It begins around the 28:30 mark

Couple clips featuring Van Dyke's performances

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Highflyer - 8/31/2013, 6:39 PM
TheYoungMan - 8/31/2013, 6:44 PM
beane2099 - 8/31/2013, 6:44 PM
I mean, why not. He's a damn talented ... everything. If there was an internet back then though it would have been broken in half.
GetsugaTensho22 - 8/31/2013, 6:56 PM
The first live action James Bond was played by an American. That still gives me giggles!
gac - 8/31/2013, 6:59 PM
Penis Van Lesbian would have made a great 007!
Bearjew - 8/31/2013, 7:03 PM
Then again the first live action Bond movie was a comedy like Scary Movie.
TheGreenBastard - 8/31/2013, 7:05 PM
He would have made a great Bond. I think he would have given Caser Romero and Jack Nicholson a run for there money as Joker.
sephiroth211 - 8/31/2013, 7:17 PM

I would have loved to see him as Joker!
Humperdink - 8/31/2013, 7:19 PM
Close call.

Shadowelfz - 8/31/2013, 7:19 PM
Van Dyk would have been a good Joker for sure. I also kind of like the idea of Daniel Craig for Luthor.
TheGreenBastard - 8/31/2013, 7:24 PM
SuperCat: I did too, but it really bugged me that Casino Royal was his early days, and Quantum of Solice wasn't that far behind that. Then Skyfall hits, and he's shown more at the end of his career. I think it's their way of setting up this next Bond film as Craig's last, then getting a new guy. If Marvel and DC are smart, they will treat their characters like Bond, or Doctor Who, in that the characters can have multiple people playing them, and they can have different interpretations of those heroes.
JediPhilosopher - 8/31/2013, 7:35 PM
You guys are hating on Dick before you've seen him as James Bond. He's a great actor. I say we hold off and see how he looks in the Bat suit, er, I mean, tuxedo. :P
TheGreenBastard - 8/31/2013, 7:37 PM
^^^ohh wait that was an Affleck joke!!!!! Let me get reallllllllllllly pissed!!!!!
JediPhilosopher - 8/31/2013, 7:38 PM
Yeah, he might have been a good Joker.
TheGreenBastard - 8/31/2013, 7:39 PM
In all seriousness though, Dick Van Dyke is an amazingly talented actor, and I'd pay to see him play paint drying.
RichardBoldly - 8/31/2013, 7:39 PM

No. Just, no.

James Bond franchise is different cuz, yeah....they did changed the actors.....but..... THE MAJORITY OF STORIES DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE PREVIOUS ONES!!!!!!!!!

Get over it, fanboys.

Only in comics aunt May can be that old and still live for 50 years.
JediPhilosopher - 8/31/2013, 7:41 PM
TheGreenBastard - 8/31/2013, 7:43 PM
Jedi: In my mind, I have a perfect mesh of his show, and roles he played, and then add in his two or three villain roles(which he owned) and I literally see the perfect Joker from page to screen. His facial expressions and mannerisms would have been excellent.
gac - 8/31/2013, 7:44 PM
Speaking of penises.......
JediPhilosopher - 8/31/2013, 7:44 PM
I'm not a big Bond fan. I think it's the fact that he's doing all these missions for a cause he's never sure he believes in. Breaking the rules because the rules suck, supporting the organization that keeps making those rules.
JediPhilosopher - 8/31/2013, 7:46 PM
I believe you, Oldgreg. :) When I think back to everything I've seen of DVD, I can definitely see that.
eleven59 - 8/31/2013, 7:47 PM
i see him more as the Moore before Moore...

wow ...thats a lot of moops
FlixMentallo21 - 8/31/2013, 7:48 PM
I think he could've made a decent Derek Flint, had they done more movies and James Coburn, like Connery, left them after doing a few.
TheGreenBastard - 8/31/2013, 7:52 PM
Richard: Relax kiddo, people have opinions that differ, it's part of life. I'm not sure exactly what I said that you didn't like, since you kinda, well poorly wrote that comment. The one thing I can respond to is the bond films. What I was saying is this, we were told that we would be starting at Bond's early days, and would be a fresh take on the franchise. I enjoy all 3 films, but Royal and Solace were like part 1&2, and then Skyfall was part 3, but a number of years after 1&2.
TheGreenBastard - 8/31/2013, 7:55 PM
Flix: Nice, I didn't even think of that.
Kevwebsz - 8/31/2013, 7:58 PM
TheGreenBastard - 8/31/2013, 7:58 PM
Jedi: You seem cool man, I've seen some of your comments that I totally disagree with, but you present yourself well.... i.e. not like a bitchy fanboy. You actually give legit reasons you don't like something.
TheGreenBastard - 8/31/2013, 7:59 PM
Buuuuuut then we get trolls like Kevwebsz, who post dumb shit to cause a fight.
BritishMonkey - 8/31/2013, 8:14 PM
That would've been interesting to see.
BlindJustice - 8/31/2013, 10:40 PM
He would've driven the greatest Bond-mobile EVER!!!
OldBenKenobi - 8/31/2013, 11:04 PM
Gotta love Dick Van Dyke. The man is a legend. Personally, I think he'd have made a great Bond.
Brady1138 - 9/1/2013, 12:24 AM
As much as I like Dick Van Dyke, I don't think his performance would have been much different from Roger Moore...except he's not British.
jimoakley666 - 9/1/2013, 12:37 AM
No. Just no.
MightyZeus - 9/1/2013, 12:42 AM
Would have been interesting too see but then again he's not British. I remember when they offered the role of Bond to Clint Eastwood and he respectively turned it down because he was not british.

As for Daniel Craigs performance as Bond...he's pretty good.
Nubase - 9/1/2013, 1:16 AM
A lot of actors get asked, then they all have to go through the audition process and thats when they get picked apart.

Graigs bond is the right bond for now, he is a brutal bond, a killer end of, thats what daniel wanted to be portrayed as.

A joker bond like roger moores bond would not work in these times, same as pierce as well.

Daniels got 2 more bonds to go then a new guy will be casted, it wil be interesting to see what direction they go to next.

From what l heard Damien lewis who plays brody in homeland is being groomed as the next bond.

It will always be a british actor for bond and now there are load of talented british actors out there, both on tv and on the big screen.
ahhmynuts - 9/1/2013, 1:25 AM
on bond not being pache; thats because thats what theyre going for. they wanted a guy that looks like he's been through some rough sh*t, not someone who could have been on the cover of GQ
mgeoff88 - 9/1/2013, 5:30 AM
Dick Van Dyke is a legend, but I don't think he would've made a good James Bond. Also, Daniel Craig does have the panache for Bond.

Now, if he would've said George Lazenby, I would agree with him.

It's very interesting about the actors that were considered to play James Bond. I mean, Clint Eastwood and James Brolin? Clint Eastwood turned down the role, because he told producers they needed to hire a British actor. James Brolin would've played James Bond in Octopussy, but was ruled out after Roger Moore decided to reprise the role(he considered leaving the 007 franchise).

I'm American, and I don't think an American actor should ever play James Bond. But hearing and seeing stuff like this is still interesting none the less.
MisterNiceGuy - 9/1/2013, 7:25 AM
Is it me, or is Mary Poppins actually kinda cute?
dreamactor - 9/2/2013, 2:41 AM
Dick Van Dyke had the Saint Star Ian Oylivy in his episodes he never explain about being a Saint

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