Most of us would take the opportunity to be James Bond in a heartbeat but not these men. For these actors the name’s not Bond.

Cary Grant - 1961

Cary Grant – 1961
Reason For Decline: Cary felt he was too old at 58 to play the role.

Richard Burton - 1959, 1961, 1968

Richard Burton – 1959, 1961, 1968
Reason For Decline: Wanted more than the producers were willing to pay.

Burt Reynolds - 1968

Burt Reynolds – 1968
Reason For Decline: Burt felt as if Bond should be British.

Clint Eastwood - 1971

Clint Eastwood – 1971
Reason For Decline: Also thought Bond should be British. We clearly need an American spy that lives up to Bond…

Liam Neeson - 1994

Liam Neeson – 1994
Reason For Decline: At the time, Liam wasn’t interested in starring in action movies…

Colin Farrell - 2004

Colin Farrell – 2004
Reason For Decline: Colin didn’t think audiences would want him to be James Bond.

Hugh Jackman - 2005

Hugh Jackman – 2005
Reason For Decline: A busy schedule as well as Hugh’s fear of being typecast.

Ewan McGregor - 2005

Ewan McGregor – 2005
Reason For Decline: Ewan also had a fear of being typecast after taking on the iconic role.

Hrithik Roshan – 2005
Reason For Decline: Daniel Craig got the role.

Gerard Butler - 2009

Gerard Butler – 2009
Reason For Decline: Gerard thought that becoming Bond would ruin his career.



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