Liam Neeson Rejected James Bond Role Back In 1990s; Here’s Why

Northern Irish actor Liam Neeson holds Irish, British and American citizenship. He has been nominated for several awards such as Academy Award for Best Actor, a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. Recently, the actor revealed that back in the 1990s, he rejected the role of James Bond because of his late wife Natasha Richardson as she was not keen on the idea. He received an ultimatum from his late wife about the potential James Bond role.

On the contrary, in an Interview with James Corden (Host of The Late Show), the actor said, “I was approached by producer Barbara Broccoli about taking on the iconic role of James Bond 007, shortly after my appearance in Schindler’s List in 1993. I couldn’t take this offer as I had to choose between my wife and the role that time.”

Further, he added, “I know they were looking at various actors and I apparently was among them. However, my dear, departed wife did say to me… ‘Darling, if you’re offered James Bond and you’re going to play it, you’re not going to marry me.’”

Natasha died at the age of 45 in the year of 2009 from a head injury sustained while skiing at Quebec’s Mont Tremblant. In her loving memory, Liam and their elder son Micheal made a film together named ‘Made in Italy’ (2020). The plot of the film is about a father and a son coping with the family matriarch’s death.

Earlier, in an interview with People Magazine, Micheal expressed his thought regarding her mother. He said, “When you lose somebody so close to you, sometimes you just push it away and out of your mind because the feeling hurts, but I found that’s an unhealthy thing to work on. You have to remember them.”

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