Why Hugh Jackman Said No to Playing James Bond

Joann Johnston
December 7, 2017

Australian actor Hugh Jackman was sought as the replacement for Brosnan.

In a recent interview with Variety, the X-Men actor revealed how he was approached for lead role in the popular spy franchise, and how he turned it down. He would have been balancing the X-Men franchise and the James Bond franchise at the same time, which would be incredibly hard for any actor, which is part of the reason he turned down the role. Craig has starred in Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, which have ranged in commercial success.

"I just felt at the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and insane, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real", he continued, perhaps thinking about Die Another Day's infamous invisible vehicle.

Jackman recalled his agent telling him he doesn't "get a say" in the scripts and "just have to sign on".

As well as discussing the what-could-have-beens of Bond, Jackman spoke of his one regret for Wolverine, a character he's made a decision to retire having played the Marvel mutant since the year 2000.

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Back at it: Daniel had previously spoken about his desire to hang up the Bond tux, telling Time Out in 2015 that he would rather "slash his wrists" than play the iconic character again. "You just have to sign on.' I was also anxious that between Bond and 'X-Men, ' I'd never have time to do different things".

According to Hugh Jackman however, Craig wasn't the first to be offered the iconic role following Pierce Brosnan's departure.

The 2006 movie, starring Daniel Craig, obviously included those things, but it was a big shift away from the stuff viewers had seen with ever-increasing severity over the years.

Speaking to Variety magazine, he shared: "I always tried to do different things". People wanted me to play that kind of hero part exclusively.

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