Skyfall once again showcased Daniel Craig as one of the most suave and simultaneously vulnerable Bonds in the history of the James Bond franchise, but there were plenty of other famous actors who almost got the part of James Bond. a list of famous actors who were almost James Bond, as voted on by experts and fans alike.
The James Bond films have been around for fifty years and many of Britain's top actors have been considered to play the world's most famous character. Some of these performers haven't even been British. Some of the stars on this list include Irishmen (Liam Neeson), Americans (Clint Eastwood), and even Australians (Hugh Jackman).
What actors were considered for the role of James Bond? Has there ever been an American James Bond? Now, many of the top actors on this list would have made pretty awesome James Bonds. Can you imagine Liam Neeson kicking some enemy butt as 007 instead of in the 'Taken' films? Or Denzel Washington bringing the same gravitas he brought to 'Malcolm X' to P***y Galore? Or Sean Bean being 'Ned Stark'-honorable instead of of the villain in 'GoldenEye'? It's fun to come up with scenes that could have been with the caliber of talent you'll be ranking.
There are also some pretty interesting almost-Bonds on this list. Clint Eastwood? That would have been too aggressive, too 'American'. Adam West? Too campy. James Mason? Way too old. But still, it's interesting nonetheless.
Please rank the top notable James Bond runner-up and if you don't see an actor who should be on this list, feel free to add him -- or her -- so that others can vote for him -- or her -- as well.
Credits (TV): Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Big C, Liberty's Kids, A Woman of Substance, Play for Today, + more
Birthplace: Ballymena, United Kingdom
Nationality: United Kingdom
Credits (TV): Viva Laughlin, The Academy Awards, Tony Awards, The Man from Snowy River, An Aussie Goes Bolly, + more
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
At one point, Cary Grant was going to be Bond, but the producers knew it would be a one movie deal and they didn't want to put up with looking for another Bond so quickly after booking Grant.
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Nationality: United States of America, England