'Outlander' star Sam Heughan auditioned for James Bond in Casino Royale
Sam Heughan in an interview on 'Live with Kelly and Ryan' said he had auditioned for Casino Royale which came out in 2006
'Outlander' star Sam Heughan who plays the role of Jamie Fraser in the TV show has said that he auditioned for the role of James Bond when the makers were redoing it which ultimately went to Daniel Craig.
While appearing on 'Live with Kelly and Ryan', the actor was asked by host Ryan Seacrest whether he had ever considered playing the role of the British spy.
“Have I thought about it? Yeah, I have a few times,” Heughan replied, before revealing that he auditioned for the character in Casino Royale (2006).
“I did audition for Bond a long time ago when they were redoing it with Daniel Craig, when he was [doing] Bond 21. They were going to go younger with him and it was a pretty cool experience. And it’s about time we had a Scottish Bond," said Heughan.
However, the role went to Daniel Craig, who went on to play Bond in four movies and is all set to appear for the last time in the next instalment which is in the works.
Before casting Craig in the movie, another actor who caught director Martin Campbell's eyes was Henry Cavill (Superman). In an interview with Latino Review, the director said that he was "the only serious [actor] in the running.”
“We had that very young chap named Henry Cavill who was really good but I think at the end he was too young, he's 22," Campbell added.
“But Henry, believe me, he is going to be a big talent. Very good looking, very strong physically and a good actor. But he’s too young for this Bond, basically, that was it. When he gets a little more acting experience under his belt he’ll be terrific," said Campbell.
Campbell also cleared that the names that were said to be in the running for the role, including 'Hulk' star Eric Bana and 'X-men' star Hugh Jackman, were "just all rumors."
Cavill on his part has expressed his interest in playing the role and said he would accept the offer if approached. “I think Bond would be a really fun role,” Cavill told Yahoo Movies while doing press for 'Mission: Impossible — Fallout', where he plays a deadly super spy.
“It’s British, it’s cool. I think now that I have my Mission: Impossible badge we can do real stunts and really amp it up as well," he added.
“Not to say they weren’t doing real stunts [on Bond] — I’m just saying it would be fun for me to actually take what I’ve learnt on this and carry it through to a movie like Bond. I’d love to play a Brit — I don’t get to play a Brit very often. So yes, I would love the opportunity and if they were to ask, I would say yes.”
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However, the latest news on the Bond front is that Richard Madden, of 'Game of Thrones' and 'Bodyguard' might be offered the role when Craig steps down from the role.
According a report in The Sun, franchise producer Barbara Broccoli is keen on him taking on the role and readying an offer to Madden.