In the 1980s, Mel Gibson was one of Hollywood’s biggest action stars with blockbuster franchises like Lethal Weapon and Mad Max. At the time, Roger Moore was still playing James Bond, having originally been cast in 1973’s Live and Let Die. After 1981’s For Your Eyes Only, his fifth 007 film, the star’s contract had ended and he was considering retiring from the role. As a result, producer Cubby Broccoli began a semi-public search for the next Bond that included some of the biggest stars of the day, including Gibson.
Speaking previously with JoBlo, Gibson confessed: “I was offered the James Bond movies when I was 26, which is like 40 years ago, okay? And they said, hey, we want you to be the next James Bond. And I thought so; He was in Australia, he was working with Peter Weir. [on Gallipoli]. And I thought about it, and I turned it down, for that reason.” It turns out that original Bond star Sean Connery was the reason he said no.
Gibson admitted, “I thought, look what happened to poor Sean, he got stuck in there for like three decades.” What the star meant was that he was worried about being typecast, something Connery didn’t really shake off until he won the Oscar for The Untouchables.
Lewis Collins and future Bond Timothy Dalton were suggested for Octopussy at the time. Additionally, Michael Billington, Oliver Tobias, and James Brolin did a screen test. However, when the rival Bond film Never Say Never Again was announced for 1983 to star Connery, Moore was persuaded to reprise the role of 007 in what would be his penultimate mission before 1985’s A View To A Kill at the age of 57 years.
Express.co.uk spoke to Brolin, who claims he had been cast as Bond, only to be devastated when he heard this news.
READ MORE: Roger Moore James Bond’s love scene with Lois Chile is the ‘toughest of his career’
Brolin told us, “I literally left Cubby Broccoli in London, came home to get all my stuff to live in England for a year, when Roger Moore said, ‘Oh, I’ll do one more!'” They asked him if he was really disappointed. to be written off after being cast as the first American Bond, he replied, “Yeah! He was really up for it.” The star went on to share details of the big missed opportunity.
He added: “When I heard that I was going to go and meet with [Cubby]I dressed on the hill. I spent more money on clothes than I ever thought I would, all in the wrong places. But I looked good! I showed up there and did two screen tests, which I think are now available on YouTube. Anyway, good or bad, I got the job and Cubby took me to her clubs and I thought, ‘That’s life here in London!’ That was just fantastic, whether she gets it or not. This business is a game of dice and a bit of luck anyway, so…
#James #Bond #Mel #Gibson #rejected #Sean #Connery