'Outlander' star Sam Hueghan could be James Bond in 2020 but none can replace him as Jamie Fraser for sure
Our favorite hero of the time-traveling drama 'Outlander' had auditioned for the role of James Bond in 2002 and had also tried for a role in 'Game of Thrones' close to seven times.
The face of James Bond franchise would have been so different had Amazon's 'Outlander' hero Sam Heughan bagged the role. The handsome red-haired Scottish actor had auditioned for the James Bond remake when Pierce Brosnan departed the franchise following 'Die Another Day' in 2002. "I did audition for Bond a long time ago when they were redoing it with Daniel Craig when he was Bond 21," Heughan said on 'Live With Kelly and Ryan,' the Radio Times reports.
“They were going to go younger with him and it was a pretty good experience. It’s about time we got a Scottish Bond,” the 38-year-old actor added. It did seem like the prince charming of the time-traveling drama forgot about the original movie's 007 Sean Connery because he was a Scottish OG Bond. However, ever since the news has been out, fans are vouching and endorsing Heughan for the upcoming 25th Bond film, due for release in 2020.
As of now, Heughan plays Jamie Fraser, an 18th-century Scottish warrior who steals the heart of a time-traveled maiden, Claire (played by Catriona Balfe) in Starz's 'Outlander,' which is currently on season 4. Hueghan has been critically acclaimed for the role and has received four nominations for the Saturn Awards, and a nomination for the Critics Choice Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
You know how they say failure is the stepping stone to success? Hueghan did not only lose his dream role to Craig but also failed amply when attempting to secure several roles. The actor told Vulture in 2014, that he tried auditioning for 'Game of Thrones' seven times before settling into his Scottish warrior role. "I auditioned for Renly, Loras, some of the members of the Night’s Watch. And I’d always get so close! I’d be like, 'Guys, just give me a sword!'"
When he finally got the role of Fraser, he immediately knew the character was meant to be his: "Something about this one just felt right. This part felt different. I knew this character. I felt a connection with him. I knew where he had come from," he said in the same interview.
We can imagine Heughan as the next Bond but we can never imagine anyone else fitting Heughan's Jamie Fraser.