Just found this good extended list of Bond wannabees,rejects,and decliners,which i think will surprise some members as i was with some of the names.
A list of actors who were considered for the role James Bond, however they were not chosen for various reasons.
Ranulph Fiennes ?? For having "Hands too big and a face like a farmer"
Richard Todd 1961 Ian Fleming's first choice for the role, but scheduling conflicts prevented him from getting it.
Patrick McGoohan 1961 Reason unknown
Jeremy Brett 1967 Reason unknown
Simon MacCorkindale ?? Reason unknown
John Richardson 1967 George Lazenby won the role based on a screen-test fight scene
Hans de Vries 1967 George Lazenby won the role based on a screen-test fight scene
Robert Campbell 1967 George Lazenby won the role based on a screen-test fight scene
Anthony Rogers 1967 George Lazenby won the role based on a screen-test fight scene
Michael Gambon 1971 Felt he did not have good enough looks to play Bond
William Gaunt 1971 Auditioned for the role as Bond for Live and Let Die but lost the role to Roger Moore
Tom Jones 1971 Reason unknown
John Gavin 1971, 1973 Left the role the first time when Sean Connery returned, and was denied the second time because he was not English
David Warbeck 1979 Reason unknown
James Brolin 1983 Failed screen test
Sam Neil 1983 Failed screen test
Daniel Pilon 1984 Timothy Dalton was choosen for the role
Lambert Wilson 1994 Pierce Brosnan was choosen for the role
Jude Law 2003 Reason unknown
Heath Ledger 2004 Reason unknown
Eric Bana 2004 Reason unknown
Colin Firth 2004 Was not interested in the role
James Purefoy 2004 Reason unknown
Jason Statham 2005 Reason unknown
Hugh Grant 2005 Reason unknown
Goran Visnjic 2005 Reason unknown
Henry Cavill 2005 Was deemed too young to portray Bond
Dominic West 2006 Heard rumours that Daniel Craig got the role and ruled himself out
Julian McMahon 2005 Daniel Craig was choosen for the role
Hrithik Roshan 2005 Daniel Craig was choosen for the role
Alex O'Loughlin 2005 Daniel Craig was choosen for the role
Rupert Friend 2005 Daniel Craig was choosen for the role
Christian Bale 2010 Daniel Craig is expected to return
Will Smith 2010 Daniel Craig is expected to return
Sam Worthington 2010 Daniel Craig is expected to return
A list of actors who where considered for the role James Bond, however they were rejects for various reasons.
George Baker 1961 Later got to voice the character for a significant segment of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Bob Simmons 1961 Later worked as a stuntman on the Bond films
Christopher Lee 1961 Creator Ian Fleming's own choice
Daniel Pilon 1967 Harry Saltzman felt he was too young, 27 years at time
Lewis Collins 1981 Put forward for the role by many in the industry including producer Euan Lloyd
Christopher Lambert 1987 French accent prevented him from being chosen
Clive Owen 2005 Over Contract Points
Sam Worthington ?? Disagreed over the portrayal of Bond
Robert Pattinson 2010 Because his image of being dirty and possibly his age
Declined the role
A list of actors who more or less got the green light for a serious consideration into playing James Bond, however they denied the offer for various reasons below.
Steve Reeves 19?? ??
Rex Harrison 1961 Turned down in favour of Connery
David Niven 1961 Turned down in favour of Connery (later spoofed Bond in 1967's Casino Royale) (Fleming's personal choice)
Cary Grant 1961 Felt he was too old at time being 58
Richard Johnson 1961 Terence Young's choice but did not want a contract, because he was under contract to MGM
Patrick McGoohan 1961 Role too promiscuous
Rod Taylor 1961 Felt the role was beneath him
Richard Burton 1959, 1961, 1968 Felt the role was a new untested concept/wanted more than the producers would pay
Burt Reynolds 1968 Felt Bond must be British
Adam West 1970 Thinks the role belongs to a proper Englishman.
Clint Eastwood 1971 Felt Bond must be British
Liam Neeson 1994 He has never been interested in starring in action movies
Colin Farrell 2004 Not satisfied with plot direction
Mel Gibson 2005 Too short and too famous for the role
Hugh Jackman 2005 Not satisfied with plot direction
Ewan McGregor 2005 Fear of typecasting
Gerard Butler 2009 Felt that it would ruin his career (Previously had a bit part in Tomorrow Never Dies)
Any comments good or bad on this lot ?