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    James Brolin Reveals How His Incredibly Close Chance At Being James Bond Was Robbed By Roger Moore

    There are many stories about the close casting calls of the famous spy character, James Bond. Many actors have lost the role at the last minute. One such story was narrated by actor James Brolin. He shared his experience of getting insanely close to playing the part in ‘Octopussy‘.

    Among other actors, Pierce Brosnan shares a very similar experience to Brolin. He also lost the role almost at the finish line of the movie ‘The Living Daylights’. Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds have also thrown their hat into the ring for the role of Bond but ended up losing it.

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    James Brolin Explains How He Got And Later Missed James Bond Role In ‘Octopussy’

    James Brolin
    James Brolin 

    During an interview with CinemaBlend, the acting legend James Brolin shared his experience of the time when he was close to getting the role of Bond but lost it to Roger Moore. He said his story starts from the time Moore almost called it quits two movies earlier than he eventually did.

    He said “They were interested – Roger Moore said that it was it, he wasn’t doing any more Bonds. And so they were combing who’s good, and as you know, they made a few oddball choices in the past. Guys that did one picture, and then disappeared. So anyway, I go shopping and I get all dressed up like maybe James Bond might look at a party, and I fly over to meet [Albert] ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, and he takes me along. We get along great, right from the get-go. We had a discussion about the dialect, and I said, ‘Well, you know, like a New York stage actress, you know how they’re a little haughty?’ I said, ‘We’ll just be sort of [Midatlantic] with that. We won’t nail it down.’ And he said ‘That sounds good.’”

    How Did Roger Moore Come Back For More?

    Roger Moore takes the role from James Brolin
    James Brolin has no hard feelings for Roger Moore

    It was Sean Connery who brought Roger Back to the franchise. It was Never Say Never Again’ that decided the fate of the franchise in 1983. Jack Schwartzman, the producer of the franchise asked Moore in which movie he would want to star – ‘Octopussy’ or ‘Never Say Never Again’. Moore explained, “Of course, Jack Schwartzman came to me and asked me if I wanted to do that, or did I want to do this. So, yes, of course, that gave me a certain amount of leverage. I said to Sean, ‘Which one do you want to do?’ and he didn’t want to do the one with Cubby, so I’m here and he’s there”.

    After Sean chose to make ‘Never Say Never Again’, 1983 turned into a Bond vs Bond showdown. That meant Roger Moore would be the star of ‘Octopussy’. That’s how Brolin lost his chance even after he did screen tests after landing the audition. But sadly, it was never meant to be for him. He also said that he has no hard feelings.

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    Ahana Modak
    Ahana Modak
    Ahana is a movie buff currently working at First Curiosity Entertainment section. She is a prefinal year MBBS student. After long hours of hospital duty you can find her in a corner drowned in a movie or some new series that she found after reading multiple reviews. If by any chance she is in mood for something different she reads fiction books to relax herself.

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