Liam Neeson explains why he turned down James Bond

News Simon Brew 10 Mar 2014 - 06:44

Liam Neeson was linked to the role of James Bond in the 1990s - and here's why he resisted it...

We missed this story, which popped up in the Hull Daily Mail the week before last. But we suspect that many of you may have missed it too, and thought you may be interested.

While promoting his new hit movie Non-Stop, Liam Neeson chatted about the role of James Bond, with which he was heavily linked in the 1990s. "I was heavily courted, let's put if that way, and I'm sure some other actors were too", he said.

So why did he turn it down?

"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!'"

Neeson's of course referring to Natasha Richardson, who he went on to marry, and the two were married from 1994 through to her tragic death in 2009.

As we charted in this feature here, Neeson was in line for a second remake of Thunderball, under the guidance of Kevin McClory, that would have been an 'unofficial' James Bond movie. But it all never came to pass.

Non-Stop, meanwhile, has already taken over $50m at the US box office, and marks his latest action thriller hit.

Here's the full interview at the Hull Daily Mail.

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