The new James Bond candidate is still up in the air. Recently, director Mel Gibson revealed in an interview that he had turned down an offer to play 007 40 years ago because he didn’t want to be stereotyped.
Mel Gibson has made his name as an actor through series such as ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘Mad Max’, and as a director with ‘Braveheart’, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’, ‘The Passion of the Christ’ and ‘Apocalypto’. The Passion of the Christ’ ‘Apocalypto’ and many other great works.
Gibson recalled in the interview, “I was asked to play James Bond about 40 years ago, when I was 26 or so, and I was working with Peter Weir in Australia at the time, and I said to him, ‘Let me think about it. I turned it down because I didn’t want to be stereotyped, and it took Sean Connery almost 30 years to come out after he played 007 (1987’s ‘The Untouchables’ was a re-establishment of his image).”
According to Gibson’s stated timing (around 1982), he was originally scheduled to succeed Roger Moore as the fourth 007, and the studio eventually chose Timothy Dalton, who acted in two Bond films in 1987 and 1989, namely: ”The Living Daylights ‘ ‘Licence to Kill’.
In 1994, Dalton resigned as Bond because he did not want to be “stereotyped” by audiences after playing 007.
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