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Clive Owen confirms he was never in contention for Bond role

23-Sep-2011 • Bond News

Clive Owen has put to rest any rumours that he was in contention for the role of James Bond after Pierce Brosnan was retired following "Die Another Day" in 2002.

In an interview with the Independent to promote his new movie "Killer Elite", the paper reminds readers that there was plenty of speculation that Owen was destined to take on the James Bond mantra before Daniel Craig landed the tuxedo.

But he says the story was all media hype. "It was never on the radar. There was nothing to it. I'd done a film, Croupier, where I'd worn a tuxedo and there was nothing more than that."

When asked whether he would ever take on the role, though, he's very careful to give a vague response and not rule the possibility out.

Click here to read the entire interview.

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