Hollywood history is riddled with castings that could have been. Will Smith could have been Neo The MatrixKurt Russell could have been Han Solo Star WarsJohn Krasinski could have been Captain America in the MCU. And as it happens now Jurassic Park star Sam Neill at one point screen tested for the role of James BondSo in a slightly different universe, he could have succeeded Sir Roger Moore as 007 in the iconic franchise.
As is often the case with these things, Sam Neill’s screen test video recently started making the rounds online. The video is short, but it gives us a good idea of what the actor could have brought to the table. We see Neill walking into what appears to be a hotel room, a tuxedo shirt unbuttoned with Bond’s signature Walther PPK in hand. He then greets a woman named Tatiana, who is naked in bed. She says her friends call her Tanya, to which Neill replies, “My friends call me Bond. James Bond. ‘ The two then move on to get cozy, in true Bond fashion. End of scene.
To help set the stage, Roger Moore retired from playing Bond after 1985 A View to a KillThe actor had an incredible run, starring in seven films from 1973 with Live and let dieThe producers needed a new actor to take over. Ultimately, it would be Timothy Dalton who made his debut in 1987 The Living DaylightsBut before that was settled, Sam Neill had thrown his hat into the ring. As the actor explained in an interview with ABC at one point, it wasn’t exactly his decision.
“My agent put me through a really embarrassing test. It was one of the most painful times of my life because I really didn’t want to play James Bond. But I did run into Roger Moore at a restaurant in the south of France. passed me and we caught eyes and he said, “You should have been Bond.” And I said, “I didn’t want to!” Anyway, he was gone. It wasn’t a job I would have enjoyed. “
In the end, Timothy Dalton would have a somewhat stinted run as 007. He only appeared in one more film, 1989’s Permission to kill, before the franchise went in a different direction. It was Pierce Brosnan who would revive the characters for 90s audiences Golden Eye, which turned out to be a huge hit. Brosnan played the role in four films, concluding his series with the years 2002 Die another day
Sam Neill doesn’t seem to be sorry. And it is easy to see why. Aside from playing Alan Grant in the Jurassic Park series, include some of his notable credits The hunt for the red October Event Horizon The Tudors and Peaky blindersNeill will also reprise his role as Alan Grant next year Jurassic World: DominionYou can watch his James Bond screen test on Tyrozaphy’s YouTube channel.
Subjects: James Bond