Why Hugh Jackman turned down the role of James Bond

Carla Harmon
December 7, 2017

Little did we know that Mr Jackman is actually something of a triple threat, and really this type of role isn't out of the ordinary at all.

Later on, the 49-year-old actor continued to play the character in Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).

And Hugh Jackman has revealed he nearly became the legendary celluloid spy James Bond, but turned down the role at the last minute.

HUGH Jackman has revealed the reason he once turned down the role of 007 in the James Bond movies.


"He said", I was anxious that between "Bond" and "X-Men", I'd never have time to do different things". "I just felt at the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and insane, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real", the Tony winners shares".

'The response was: "Oh, you don't get a say".

And in sticking to his guns, Jackman did manage to branch out of the "hero" part, with films like The Prestige, The Fountain, Les Misérables, and the upcoming The Greatest Showman.

'I was about to do X Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I'd be interested in Bond, ' Hugh told the publication.


"I was offered a job on Neighbours, which was a very successful soap opera in Australia at the time the same weekend I was offered a place at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts which was a prestigious drama school", he said. As Pierce Brosnan was preparing to depart the role, executives approached Jackman as a potential replacement. Clive Owen is also said to have turned down the chance to play Bond on multiple occasions.

Daniel Craig went on to feature in four "Bond" films, with a fifth edition which will also be the final movie is expected to release in 2019.

Craig will reprise his role as Bond for Bond 25, targeted for release on November 8, 2019.


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