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The fact that he was offered it and it was him that turned it down shows how Cubby & Harry were losing the plot.
They signed Hamilton for 3 increasingly lacklustre films and also John Gavin was signed and came within a gnats cock of sinking the series.
Was it David Picker who intervened and said we have to get Sean back?
Credit it to Cubby and Rog for delivering with TSWLM and saving the series.
Interesting to imagine these forums after TMWTGG! After the high water mark of OHMSS and then 3 mediocre films in a row coupled with these eccentric casting rumours we would've all been pulling our hair out!
I wonder how the Bond universe would look if that had happened?? Sheesh....
That's pretty much the story as I know it.
Do we think Burt is overplaying a chat he might have had with Harry or Cubby at a party just to sell his book?
The only people ever to actually be offered the role to the best of my knowledge, apart from the 6, are Gavin and James Brolin (and of course Brozza for TLD).
Could be. I thought that myself on first reading this story. Surely, if true, we would have known about it by now?
Probably. A lot of people now would be, Burt who?…
How would Americans like it, if British characters, played their iconic hereos e.g. Batman?
Oh, you mean like the British Henry Cavill playing Superman or Napoleon Solo? Or Christian Bale playing Batman?
ok.....i may of slipped up a little bit there.......thanks for pointing that out.........NOT!
James Bond is somewhat different as a character though - his Britishness is part of what makes him unique. American heroes are a dime a dozen by comparison.
Exactly! For me as an American, it is James Bond's distinct Englishness that is one of the many reasons I love the character, and what makes him so unique and entertaining.
James Bond should always be entirely steeped in his exotic British culture. :)
In the documentary he mentions seeing him in a TV show at the time. Don't know what one that would be, but it would have aired around 70-72. Only really know Burt from his films, of which Sharkey's Machine [about 1980ish] stood out at the time, though I've not seen it for about 30 years now! And of course when he was considered for Bond (shudder) Smokey was a few years down the line…oh, and what was that Bond parody he did, played a stuntman (that's a stretch for a former stunt man!) I think?
Never hear British being called exotic before! Ha ha! But yes agreed.
An American actor can't play James Bond. They can never 'do' the accent! Some British actors can 'do' American accents though. It's not our fault theAmerican talent wasn't out there for Batman or Superman. Beacuse I agree they should have cast Americans.