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Sam Neill's screen test for 007

“Over my dead body is Bond going to be anything but British,” vowed Cubby Broccoli. But then he signed (and paid off) the wooden John Gavin, as first reserve for Diamonds and offered 007 to both Clint and… Dick Van Dyke!! In his moment of folly, Harry Saltzman suggested Burt Reynolds. “I’ve stood next to Burt Reynolds, Harry,” said Cubby. “And he’s a shrimp.”
Over 58 years, 007 was nearly… Robert Campbell, George and Stanley Baker, Eric Bana, Sean Bean, Michael Billington (six times), James Brolin, Jeremy Brett, George Clooney (“I’m not British”), Charles Dance, Clint Eastwood (“No, that’s Sean’s deal”), Ralph Fiennes (now M), Jon Finch, James Fox, Rupert Friend, Michael Gambon, Julian Glover, Cary Grant, Hughs Grant and Jackman, Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Sam Neill (The Living Daylights and GoldenEye), Ian Ogilvy, Adrian Paul , Christopher Reeve, Oliver Reed, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers John Richardson, Dougray Scott, Terence Stamp, Rod Taylor, Richard Todd, David Warbeck, Dominic West, Lambert Wilson, Sam Worthington… even Batman Adam West, M’s cousin, Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes… and the missing peer, Lord Lucan!

Guy Peters calls Lambert Wilson

Calling 007. Guy Peters up for Live and Let Die and the French (!) Lambert Wilson tested for The Living Daylights and GoldenEye.


“What do you think? Two films? Three? Then, the joke will be over.”– Ian Fleming.

“Bond’s a good idea and I like it. Just one - no sequels.” – Cary Grant, best man at Cubby’s third marriage. And he did just one. Charade.

“Nobody expected it to last 25 films.” – Sean.

“I always felt - even now - that the roots of Bond movies… is not Fleming but Hitchcock. It was North by Northwest.” – Sam Mendes, a fan since Live and Let Die; his favourite is Russia.

“He suffers from this thing… called accidie, a moral malaise or confusion which makes him thoroughly like us.”  Timothy Dalton.

“The fact that I couldn’t act seemed irrelevant.” – real life adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes (Ralph’s cousin) in the final six for Live and Let Die.

"He had it all, The looks, the breeding, the pride. I seriously wanted to test him for Bond, but all he'd say was: Good heavens!" – Cubby on Lord Lucan in 1980.

“They took the swagger out of me and made me walk like Prince Philip.” – George Lazenby.

“A lot of people turned it down, and so did I,” – Guy Hamilton on Dr No.

“I’d rather do chicken farming! He’s an unlikable, immoral bully.” – that’s why Patrick McGoohan refused. Twice.

“Remove the exotic touches and what have you got..? A dull, prosaic English policeman.” – Sean.

“I’ve no desire to watch myself as James Bond. It's just never good enough.” – Pierce.

“I was so right for Bond, I would have been wrong. Sean was so wrong for the part, he turned out to be right.” – Richard Johnson.

“‘I want to play James Bond.” – Michael Jackson to his agent, who managed to not to laugh in his face.


“The school bully is replaced by the school prefect.” – Alexander Walker on Roger’s debut, Live and Let Die.

“The worst film I ever enjoyed.” – Donald Zec on Casino Royale, 1965.

“Shot to shot, this movie is beautiful in a way none of the other Bond films are,” – Steven Soderbergh on OHMSS.

“Bond is re-Bourne, Jason Bourne.” – TC on Daniel’s Casino Royale.

“Please understand: James Bond is not an action hero! He is too good for that. He is an attitude. Violence for him is an annoyance. He exists for the foreplay and the cigarette.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


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This is the film that bred this site ... after Robert Redford told me he'd planned a little black-white version - with Robert De Niro, and Michael Moriarty as Woodstein.


Marilyn ... or is it?

They used to be called Bond Girls, And I never heard any of them complain about it. Now they’re Bond Women. OK, fine. Contenders have included Jessica Biel, Jacqueline Bisset, Julie Christie and Faye Dunaway (three times each), the heterochromiac, Bowie-eyed Alice Eve, Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Hurley (later in Austin Powers), Scarlett Johansson, Thandiwe Newton, Ornella Muti, Freida Pinto, Eva Renzi, Diana Ross, Alexandra Stewart (“Better you should take my friend Ursula”) Rachel Stirling (Diana Rigg’s daughter), Audrey Tautou, Charlize Theron... and Angelina Jolie - “Actually, I'd rather be Bond.”
The latest is Ana de Armas - from Cuba (like Maria Conchita Alonso) and 28 other films including Blade Runner 2049. Craig picked her after their Knives Out to be Paloma, 007’s contact in Santiago. Next, we’ll see her as a blonde from the Joyce Carol Oates novel about Marilyn Monroe… looking more like ScarJo.


“Sean was a blasted milkman.”  - Honor Blackman.

“I could never understand why George behaved as he did. He was given such a glorious opportunity and he threw it all away. I’m sorry for him, if you really want to know.” - Diana Rigg

“I liked Holly… she was capable of doing everything that Bond could do. A real step forward….” - Lois Chiles on Ms Goodhead,  Moonraker

 “I’m the proudest Bond Girl there is because there are not a lot of us left, and there won’t be any in future. The Bond Girl has to look good in a bikini: that was her role” – Britt Ekland. 

Ursula is all wet

“It's a mystery. All I did was wear this bikini - not even a small one - and whoosh! Overnight, I made it.“ - Ursula Andress.


“Obviously, Bond is pretty playful and he’s used women many, many times, But… these new films… prove that Bond can fall in love.” -  Olga Kurylenko Quantum (And then November Man with Brozzers).

“It was one of the biggest votes on confidence and compliments you can be given - one of the coolest gigs you can be offered.” - Rosamund Pike, Die Another Day.

“I was very surprised and delighted they were serious about using me. Incredibly flattering - a woman had never played a title part in a Bond before.” - Maud Adams, Octopussy.

“I don’t think a Bond woman is any more an object of desire than Bond is.” -  Lea Seydoux. And she adds: “Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson are really the ones who decide everything. I don’t think that will change. I’m not afraid of what the future holds.”


Goldfinger: “No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die!”

007: “Do you mind if my friend sits this one out? She's just dead.”

Moneypenny: “You always were a cunning linguist, James.”

007: “Speak or forever hold your piece.”

Hugo Drax: “Look after Mr Bond. See that some harm comes to him.”

Goldfinger: “Choose your next witticism carefully, Mr Bond, it may be your last…”

Miranda Frost: “I know all about you, 007. It’s sex for dinner... and death for breakfast.”

BREAKING NEWS Spectre’s Monica Belluccii has Fantasies with Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only) and Die Another Day’s Halle Berry is in… Moonfall.


Staring down the barrel of a gun

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