Burt Reynolds talks about 'missing out' on James Bond
American actor Burt Reynolds talked to Deadline
this week to promote his new memoir, 'But Enough About Me'. One of the topics of conversation were the roles he passed on or did not pursue, one of which was James Bond...
DEADLINE: You also said no to James Bond, and Han Solo in a Star Wars sequel, you wrote. Is there one in particular you wish you had back?
REYNOLDS: I wouldâve liked to have had a shot at James Bond, if for no other reason, Iâd be very rich now, and I couldâve had a good time with him. I wouldâve at least smiled once in a while, whereas the new guy doesnât even chuckle.
DEADLINE: Not a fan?
REYNOLDS: I think Sean Connery was great, but I thought nobody else was close to what I think the character needed to be. Roger Moore was that guyâ¦I mean Roger grew up knowing how to order a martini, and I donât know the difference between a martini and a whatever, but I think I couldâve had a good time with Bond. I think that the problem has been that they havenât found a guy who was ballsy enough as a character, but yet had a great deal of suave and knew how to handle himself. So, as a character, Roger Moore has all that stuff, but Rogerâs a little bit cleaned and scrubbed, you know?
DEADLINE: Thereâs been a lot of debate in the press over Idris Elba and whether they would cast an actor of color for 007. You wrote you turned down Bond because how can an American play him. When I first watched Elba in The Wire, I didnât even realize he was British until I saw his BBC series Luther. Could you have faked the British accent?
REYNOLDS: Yeah. I wasnât worried about that. I thought I could make that passable. Iâve got a good ear, and I can play a lot of different things, and I wasnât worried about that. That wasnât the reason. I just felt that, at the time, I thought there might be a resistance from the public. I donât know. What the hell was the matter with me? I shouldâve done it.
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