16 Actors Who Could Have Been James Bond

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Mel Gibson

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Unsurprisingly, there have been a lot of Brits who have been close to playing the role of Bond. Here’s another American for you. Mel Gibson was a candidate during the 1987 hunt for 007 when Roger Moore retired. It was rumored Mel was put forth, but Cubby Broccoli rejected him because he wanted Bond to stay British. In a 2017 interview, Mel stated he turned down the role when he was offered it in his 20s but he “wasn’t interested.” He ended up doing Mad Max and Lethal Weapon and some would say they delivered plenty of action.

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