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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

James Bond is a character that six actors have had the honor of playing (at least in a non-parody capacity). In their time, most every actor has been able to make the role their own in some unique way.

Most recently, Daniel Craig has turned the Bond from an increasingly goofy and charming protagonist into a moody, brutish agent with a chip on his shoulder. However, before Craig took the reins, actor Hugh Jackman (an Australian actor) was in in consideration.

However, the actor didn’t ever commit to even auditioning for the role. In a recent interview with Variety, he explained why:

“I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I’d be interested in Bond. I just felt at the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and crazy, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real. And the response was: ‘Oh, you don’t get a say. You just have to sign on.’ I was also worried that between Bond and ‘X-Men,’ I’d never have time to do different things.”

How ironic that they would actually go in the exact direction mentioned by Jackman, even if it was a film later. The movie would go on to do Die Another Day before going on to the darker reboot that was Casino Royale.

What do you think of Jackman turning down Bond? Do you think he would have been a good one, in spite of his Australian roots? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Variety

  • He made the right decision. Best not to get tied down into many big franchises as an actor. He was still able to do other non-franchise projects.

  • axebox

    Jackman didn’t even take the meeting. Guaranteed when the same meeting happened with Craig, he probably asked that very question – can we make this grittier with some realism thrown in?

  • randomironicname

    The James Bond musical that could have been.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.