Harlin was asked about projects he had
turned down, and after joking about not wanting to make
a silly movie about a bus with (then little known actor)
Keanu Reeves in what turned out to be the blockbuster smash "Speed",
he revealed an opportunity with 007 that he also turned
"I was offered "GoldenEye" and
I was like, 'somebody wants to see another James Bond movie?'
done enough sequels." [Harlin is referencing his prior
movies 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 4' and 'Die Hard 2'.]
"Actually, to be honest, what happened
at that point was I was interested in doing the Bond movie,
was an actor in it that I didn't believe in. And I'm not
going to say that his name is Timothy
Dalton. I just didn't
think that he made a good Bond."
"I said that you had to recast and come up with a
new actor for it. And they refused and said 'he's great',
and I was like 'he is not James Bond'. So that was why
I walked away from that job."