Saturday, March 1, 2014

Liam Neeson as James Bond?

This Man Would Have Been A Terrific Bond

Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson in "The Grey."

Many fans know that Liam Neeson married Natasha Richardson, that they lived happily together for many years, and that she died tragically about five years ago. They also probably know that he starred in "Schindler's List" as Oskar Schindler and "Love Actually" as Daniel.

What they may not know about Liam is that he came about as close as you can get to playing James Bond.
"I was heavily courted, let's put it that way, and I'm sure some other actors were too. It was about 18 or 19 years ago and my wife-to-be said, 'If you play James Bond we're not getting married!' And I had to take that on board, because I did want to marry her."
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Liam Neeson in "Taken 2."

He gives no hint as to why Natasha was so adamant about Liam's not playing Bond. Perhaps the fan adulation troubled her? It's all speculation.

This would have been about the time that Pierce Brosnan took over. There is no question that Pierce was a good Bond. The only question is whether Liam Neeson would have been better.

There is little question that Pierce Brosnan was a great choice as Bond. Having Liam play those roles, though, would have given them a tougher edge and not the same "pretty boy" image that many pinned on Pierce. Liam has become more of an action star recently with the "Taken" series, showing hints of what might have been.

Liam Neeson certainly is not wanting for work. As he says:
"I made nine films last year, four of them were animated, it was stupid! I'm keeping busy, which is thrilling. I love to work."
Personally, I think that Liam Neeson would still make a great James Bond today.

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Liam Neeson in "Taken 3," not yet released.

Note: ultimately, despite all the media speculation, Daniel Craig returned as James Bond.


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