Liam Neeson Reveals Why He Turned Down JAMES BOND

By Amirose Eisenbach March 11, 2014

After Timothy Dalton exited the series and Pierce Brosnan became the new James Bond in the mid 1990s, several other actors were up for the most famous super-spy. One name in the mix was the wonderful Liam Neeson.

While he certainly still went on to become a successful action star, Neeson recently spoke out about turning down the potential role. He stated, "I was heavily courted, let's put it that way, and I'm sure some other actors were too. It was about 18 or 19 years ago and my wife-to-be [Natasha Richardson] 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."

A certain stigma comes along with being Bond of course; that you're awesome. Following in the big shoes of the likes of Sean Connery, Roger Moore and of course Dalton, Brosnan went on to shoot four films as the spy before throwing in the towel.

Our most current Bond Daniel Craig, is about to embark on his fourth film with director Sam Mendes again. Craig is a fantastic Bond because he represents both sides of the personality we've all learned to affiliate with the character; the ladykiller and the badass.

As seen in such films as "Taken", "The A-Team", "The Grey" and most recently "Non-Stop", Neeson has an incredibly strong on-screen presence and is a believable action star. He also has one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood and no doubt would have made an incredible Bond.

Would you have liked to see Neeson a James Bond? Let us know in the comments section below!

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