Rupert Good friend turned down James Bond as he felt he was too younger for the half. The 41-year-old actor was approached about taking part in 007 when he was simply 22 however believed that he lacked the “laborious knocks” to tackle the position of the enduring spy.
Rupert advised Selection: “I used to be advised, ‘We’d love to speak to you about taking part in James Bond, however rebooting the collection. We wish to do him mainly straight out of faculty.’
Rupert Good friend continued, “And I met Barbara Broccoli and her brother Michael and Debbie McWilliams, the casting director for Bond. Clearly I’ve watched them rising up and simply love all of the actors and all the films.”
The ‘Asteroid Metropolis’ actor continued: “Principally they stated: you’ll do a display screen check, and if it goes effectively, you’re signed up for 3 photos which you received’t learn and also you received’t know who the director is. You’re mainly handcuffed to it.
“And I instantly was like, ‘I simply really feel at this level in my life and profession, I’m too younger, I don’t have the expertise, I don’t have the appearing chops and I don’t have any of the laborious knocks – emotionally, psychologically, bodily – that an incredible Bond ought to have. So I’m gonna politely decline.’
“That was in all probability a little bit of an eyebrow increase for them.”
Rupert confessed he’s “grateful” that he turned down the half – which went to Daniel Craig – as he feared that he may have sunk the Bond franchise altogether.
He stated: “To be sincere, I’m grateful that I did. As a result of again then, not solely may the half have form of eclipsed me, I felt just like the half was larger than me as an actor and even as an individual. That it could swallow me up and I would sink the franchise, or not less than be the worst Bond that ever lived.
“And that was simply not an possibility, as a result of I like the franchise.”
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