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article imageLiam Neeson turned down 007 role

By Mathew Wace Peck     Mar 8, 2014 in Entertainment
Liam Neeson turned down the opportunity to join the ranks of Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Daniel Craig and play Ian Fleming's legendary spy, James Bond.
Neeson — who can currently be seen in cinemas in Non-Stop — was offered the part but declined it after his late wife, Natasha Richardson, told him not to take it.
Neeson told the Hull Daily Mail that he'd been "heavily courted" by the James Bond producers. "It was about 18 or 19 years ago," he said, "and my wife-to-be said, 'If you play James Bond, we're not getting married'. And I had to take that on board because I did want to marry her."
Richardson died in a skiing accident in March 2009. She and Neeson had been married for 15 years.
In 2010, former star of The Professionals, Martin Shaw (Inspector George Gently) revealed that he'd turned down the iconic role in the late 1970s, while, in April this year, Welsh singer Sir Tom Jones (The Voice UK) revealed that he was once short-listed for the role.
In 2012, UK film critic and 007 fan, Barry Norman, revealed how he put himself forward to replace Sean Connery as James Bond.
Non-Stop, directed by aume Collet-Serra, whom Neeson has worked with on several occasions, is in cinemas now. A review of the film by Sarah Gopaul can be read elsewhere on Digital Journal.
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