If the lead died right before the filming of a Bond movie, who would they cast?

Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 18,127MI6 Agent
edited June 23 in The James Bond Films

Let's imagine the actor cast as James Bond died by electrocuting himself in the bath just a week before principal filming started. This can happen to any of the actors before any of their movies. The producers are set on making the movie anyway, so they have to re-cast quickly. Who do you think they would have called? Who do you wish they called?

I haven't seen Michael Billington in much, but it's easy imagining him getting a call if Roger Moore was careless when listening to the radio while playing with the plastic ducks in the bath tub. That is until he appeared in TSWLM, but a quick Re-cast of the KGB agent killed in the PTS would allow him to step in as Bond in that one too. Do you have any suggestion or opinions? (I miss the Bond emoji...)

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  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,542Chief of Staff

    If it had been Connery in the early years, perhaps Richard Johnson or (if they could persuade him) Patrick McGoohan, or of course Roger Moore if TV work allowed.

    In the latter part of Connery's tenure replacement would have been more difficult, and again I suggest Moore if possible would be the pick. Established stars such as Richard Burton would certainly have been discussed. For DAF, John Gavin would obviously be the pick.

    Lazenby, it would be back to the drawing board.

    Billington for Moore, yes, and later they were looking at James Brolin as we all know.

    Dalton- well, Sam Neill was already on the radar.

    Brosnan, I don't have any ideas off the top of my head.

    Craig, ignoring my well known antipathy towards his casting in the first place, there were many options who have been well discussed- Cavill probably being their first choice.

  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,358MI6 Agent

    If it had happened to Brosnan, I think they might have suddenly given the role to Sean Bean with the idea of recasting 006 later on while filming was going on.

    Or maybe give the gig to Patrick Bergen or Liam Neeson, assuming either was available on short notice.

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    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 18,127MI6 Agent
    edited June 23

    It would surprise me if James Purefoy wasn't a potential replacement if Pierce was careless with electric devices while bathing.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 18,127MI6 Agent
    edited June 23

    Sam Neil had absolutely no interest in playing Bond and Liam Neeson's girlfriend wouldn't let him take the role. I think both could have become very good Bonds if given the oportunity, but I don't think Cubby would have called them in a pinch.

  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,542Chief of Staff
    edited June 23

    Are you sure Sam Neill (one of my favourites) "had absolutely no interest in playing Bond"?

    (124) Sam Neil as James Bond - Screentest (1986) - YouTube

    Why would he have tested?


    Edit- The story I have is that John Glen, MGW, BB, and (maybe) Richard Maibaum were all impressed with Neill's test, but when they played it back to Cubby he very firmly shook his head and said "No".

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 18,127MI6 Agent

    I've seen/read a couple of interviews where Neil talks about the screentest. He says his agent "bullied" him into doing the screentest, but he didn't want to be James Bond.

  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 2,011MI6 Agent

    If anything had happened to RM during his tenure, I would have liked to have seen Ian Ogilvy step in.

    For PB, I always think Daniel Day Lewis would have made a terrific Bond.

    For DC, Hugh Jackman.

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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 18,127MI6 Agent
    edited June 24

    Daniel Day - Lewis is one of the best actors of his generation, but I really doubt he would have been Cubby's first call in that situation.

    Ian Oglivy on the other hand strikes me as just the type to step in on weeks notice to play Bond.

  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,358MI6 Agent

    from what I remember, Hugh Jackman was actually asked to be Bond but he declined as he didn't want to be in two franchises (X-Men and Bond). I question this, considering he did VAN HELSING which was obviously intended to be the first of a franchise.

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    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,542Chief of Staff

    Wasn't it the case that MGW and BB simply didn't offer Jackman enough money compared to what he could get elsewhere?

  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,358MI6 Agent


    Who knows. Probably a little bit of everything. Hugh definitely would have made for a great Bond, though.

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    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,542Chief of Staff

    Yes, definitely. I see "Van Helsing" as his audition tape- M scene, Q scene, "Your reputation precedes you", etc.

  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,358MI6 Agent

    I would have been keen on Russell Crowe as Bond, too, as long as it didn't interfere with him doing MASTER AND COMMANDER.

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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 18,127MI6 Agent
    edited June 24

    I think Crowe said on Graham Norton that EON wanted Ridley Scott and himself to "take over" the franchise. But I don't think such a big star isn't the one to call a week before filming of a new Bond film.

  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,542Chief of Staff

    Ridley Scott? I'd doubt that, since he'd surely want more authority than Eon would be prepared to give him.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 18,127MI6 Agent

    That's what Crowe said, but obviously it didn't work out. Scott has a reputation of having a sizable ego and wanting to decide things himself, so it's no surprise it never happened.

  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,358MI6 Agent

    Christopher Nolan, more than anyone, would have been the person to hand it all off to.

    Or, if you could have gotten him...Steven Spielberg. Holy cow, imagine a series of Bond films with him at the helm.

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    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • 00730073 COPPosts: 859MI6 Agent
    "I mean, she almost kills bond...with her ass."
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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 18,127MI6 Agent

    Not my at all. But it's shocking how dangerous it is to listen to the radio in the bath... 😏

  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,201MI6 Agent

    I had a theory that Bean was on board as insurance for Brosnan lest he had to pull out.

    Putting a movie on hold is hard - all the other actors have to be paid off or accounted for or recast.

    Some actors would love to do Bond just the once though. For Dalton, they could have got Mel Gibson. Of course, had he been good then you'd have felt his loss after one film. Burton for Lazenby but would he have been available? Could they have bought him out of another movie?

    How about Moore for Dalton had the latter pulled out or died? After all, he'd have been available, and was a know quantity. Maybe even Connery! But he was doing good stuff then on The Untouchables etc.

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  • Charmed & DangerousCharmed & Dangerous Posts: 7,218MI6 Agent

    For DC, I think Jason Isaacs would have been a great replacement.

    And as Barbel notes, Patrick McGoohan would have made a great Bond, particularly in the mid to late 60s (try to watch Ice Station Zebra without imagining him as 007) so could have been a good fit if poor old George had a bathtub incident, as well as for Sean.

    Richard Johnson doesn't do it for me as Bond.

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  • HowardBHowardB USAPosts: 2,589MI6 Agent

    McGoohan, who actually was a Bond candidate prior to DN allegedly was ultimately not interested in playing Bond due to religious / moral convictions. Otherwise, a good option for sure. McGoohan was equally good at playing the hero or the villain throughout his career, a good trait for a Bond actor, IMO. Interestingly, McGoohan would have been the second American born actor to play Bond (McGoohan was born in Astoria Queens , NY but the family moved back to Ireland when he was very young).

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