Over the years, a number of people have been considered for the role of Ian Fleming’s secret-service agent, James Bond, but Tom Jones was thought “too well known” for the part, it has emerged.
In an interview in Radio Times, the Welsh singer known universally as “The Voice”, tells Andrew Duncan that he was once shortlisted for the 007 part, but that Cubby Broccoli thought his fame would be a disadvantage.
Jones says, “The only thing I regret is that I’d like to have had a pop at acting when I was younger. My name was up for James Bond at one time, but [producer] Cubby Broccoli said I was too well known for people to believe it.”
The 71-year-old singer was talking about his upcoming starring role in King of the Teds, in which he plays Ron, a failed pop star who, now in his late 60s meets up with the two women he once when they were all in their teens.
King of the Teds is written by Jim Cartwright (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice), and co-stars stars Brenda Blethyn (Vera) as Nina and Alison Steadman (Gavin and Stacey) as Tina. Previously, Jones starred as himself in Mars Attacks!.
Currently, Sir Tom Jones can be seen as one of the coaches on the BBC’s new talent show, The Voice UK.