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  1. The Men Who Could Have Been Bond

    During the search for the next James Bond (aka: Bond #6), CBn had a policy of not revealing names of actors who we knew to be in contention. A leaked name at the wrong time could ruin the chances for a young actor to land the role of a lifetime. But now that’s it all over and Daniel Craig is the new James Bond in Casino Royale, CBn will spill the beans.

    All names on this list are verified, none are rumours. Some names we’ve heard of before, some we haven’t. Updates to this list will be made when more candidates are confirmed (and with Michael G. Wilson’s saying that they looked at over 200 actors, this could become a life-long project).

    Okay, we’ve teased you enough. So without further ado, here are 16 men who could have been James Bond…

    The Phantom

    Gerard Butler

    Gerard Butler

    Age: 35 (1969)
    Nationality: Scottish
    Known for: Dracula 2000 (2000), Reign of Fire (2002), Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life (2003), Phantom of the Opera (2004)

    Comments: Often suggested by fans, Butler was considered in March 2005.

    The Runner Up

    Henry Cavill

    Henry Cavill

    Age: 22 (1983)
    Nationality: English
    Known for: The Count’s son in The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

    Comments: Director Martin Campbell said that in the end it was between Daniel Craig and Cavill. Cavill lost out because, at 22, he was just too young. Could Cavill become Bond #7?

    The Guy Who Kissed Johnny Depp

    Rupert Friend

    Rupert Friend

    Age: Unknown 20s
    Nationality: English
    Known for: Kissing Johnny Depp in The Libertin (2004), Pride & Prejudice (2005)

    Comments: Friend gave an impressive reading and was at one point in the selection process was as serious a candidate as Henry Cavil.

    The BeastMaster

    Daniel Goddard

    Daniel Goddard

    Age: 34 (1971)
    Nationality: Australian
    Known for: BeastMaster (1999-2002)

    Comments: Nothing more is known about Goddard’s candidacy but here’s his official web-site danielgoddard.com.

    The Ringer

    Martin Henderson

    Martin Henderson

    Age: 31 (1974)
    Nationality: New Zealander
    Known for: Ex-husband in The Ring (2002), Bride & Prejudice (2004)

    Comments: At 5’9″ Henderson was the shortest contender.

    The Doctor

    Julian McMahon

    Julian McMahon

    Age: 37 (1968)
    Nationality: Australian
    Known for: Charmed (2000-2003), Nip/Tuck (2003-Current), Fantastic Four (2005)

    Comments: Greatly impressed both Eon and Campbell, but apparently did not make the finals for reasons unknown.

    The 41 Year Old

    David Morrissey

    David Morrissey

    Age: 41 (1964)
    Nationality: English
    Known for: Hilary and Jackie (1998), Captain Corelli?s Mandolin (2001), Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

    Comments: Nothing additional is known about Morrissey’s candidacy, but his age could have been a factor.

    The Oyster Farmer

    Alex O?Lachlan

    Alex O’Lachlan

    Age: 28 (1977)
    Nationality: Australian
    Known for: Oyster Farmer (2004)

    Comments: O’Lachlan confirmed for The Daily Telegraph that he had tested for the role in full wardrobe.

    The Soap Star

    Ingo Rademacher

    Ingo Rademacher

    Age: 34 (1971)
    Nationality: German
    Known for: Jax on General Hospital (1996-Current)

    Comments: Rademacher was considered in early 2005 and met with Campbell in Los Angeles.

    The IMF Agent

    Dougray Scott

    Dougray Scott

    Age: 40 (1965)
    Nationality: Scottish
    Known for: Ever After (1998), Mission: Impossible II (2000), Enigma (2001), Ripley’s Game (2002)

    Comments: Scott was ultimately considered too old for the role.

    The Footballer

    Christian Solimeno

    Christian Solimeno

    Age: 30 (1975)
    Nationality: English
    Know for: Jason Turner on Footballers’ Wives (2002-2003)

    Comments: Campbell is said to have liked Solimeno a great deal, but it is not known how far the actor made it in the audition process.

    The Giant Killer

    Antony Starr

    Antony Starr

    Age: 30 (1975)
    Nationality: New Zealander
    Known for: David (as in David and Goliath) on Xena (1996), Without a Paddle (2004)

    Comments: Starr gave an impressive reading in Summer 2005.

    The Caesar Salad

    Karl Urban

    Karl Urban

    Age: 33 (1972)
    Nationality: New Zealander
    Known for: Caesar on Xena (1996-2001) Eomer in The Lord of The Rings (2002, 2003), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Doom (2005)

    Comments: Was considered in March 2005, but his look was not right for James Bond.

    The Croatian

    Goran Visnjic

    Goran Visnjic

    Age: 33 (1972)
    Nationality: Croatian
    Known for: Jimmy Anglov in Practical Magic (1998), Dr Luka Kovac on ER (1999-Current), Elektra (2005)

    Comments: Visnjic had impressed Campbell with a screen-test for Zorro so the director suggested he test as 007.

    The Guitarist

    Dominic West

    Dominic West

    Age: 36 (1969)
    Nationality: English
    Known for: 28 Days (2000), Rock Star (2001), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), The Forgotten (2004)

    Comments: West told the Daily Telegraph he appeared at his audition in jeans and a t-shirt to be “different from the other actors who were all wearing suites and tuxes.”

    The Aussie

    Sam Worthington

    Sam Worthington

    Age: 29 (1976)
    Nationality: Australian
    Known for: Dirty Deeds (2002), Thunderstruck (2004)

    Comments: Worthington was reportedly one of the full dress screen-test finalists and may have been in the final three with Craig and Cavill.

    You may also be interested to know?

    Remember Orlando Bloom? Well, it is unknown whether or not Eon ever seriously considered Bloom, but MGM did.

    And the men who (really) weren’t going to be 007: Clive Owen, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law and Ewan McGregor. Despite constant media reports and rumours that major stars were in the running to play 007, CBn has not been able to confirm if any of this was true. CBn was told early on that Clive Owen was “too old” for what they had in mind. Campbell recently stated that, to his knowledge, Owen and Jackman were never approached. Eon’s standard Bond deal (which includes a multi picture deal and no profit participation) probably ruled out “name” stars from the very beginning.

    As for Pierce Brosnan, he was officially out of Casino Royale in February 2004 (the decision had been made as early as Dec 2003). Despite constant rumors to the contrary, sources say he was never again in the running.

    David Winter @ 2005-11-06
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