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Ralph Fiennes 'would’ve been a terrible James Bond', happy as M

03-Mar-2014 • Spectre (2015)

English actor Ralph Fiennes, who took over as MI6 chief M from Dame Judi Dench at the end of the latest James Bond film 'Skyfall', has opened up to the Telegraph about his flirtation with the 007 role years ago.

The English actor, best known for his role in the romantic drama The English Patient describes in an interview in this week’s Seven magazine how he met Bond producer, Albert “Cubby” Broccoli 20 years ago to discuss the part.

"There was a conversation that was great and a meeting with Cubby Broccoli [who died in 1996], that was terrific," said Fiennes. "I think that’s all I can say, except that it didn’t lead to anything on both sides. I don’t think I felt ready to commit and I think they were looking at Pierce Brosnan."

Fiennes said he had no regrets about not being Bond and was looking forward to playing M in Bond 24, "I think I would’ve been a terrible Bond, actually. I think I’m happier playing M. And I think Daniel Craig is a brilliant Bond."

Thanks to @MeladMoshiri for the alert.

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