While Tom Hiddleston is off staring into a bathroom mirror and tearily trying to convince his reflection that he totally could have been James Bond, Hugh Jackman legitimately could have been Bond. But according to Hugh, he turned it down.
Hugh revealed his brush with Bond during an interview with Variety to promote his upcoming film The Greatest Showman. Hugh says he received a call shortly before production began on 2003’s X2: X-Men United from his agent asking if he’d be interested in replacing Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. Pierce’s last role as Bond was in 2002’s Die Another Day.
Hugh wasn’t crazy about signing on to a second film franchise. He also wanted a script that was “grittier and real” because scripts had become “unbelievable and crazy.” Hugh’s agent informed him he had no say in script decisions for the next Bond movie, and that’s when he chose not to sign on. Casino Royale was released in 2006 with Daniel Craig as a grittier, real-er James Bond.
Daniel Craig is only doing one more Bond movie, which means the part of 007 will be open after that. Hugh Jackman could still totally do it! He’s the same age as Daniel Craig, so he’s not technically too old. He’s got the body for it. He’s not British, but he’s got an accent that’s close enough to convince American audiences otherwise. Plus, I’m sure it wouldn’t take much convincing to have him write and perform his own Bond theme at a discount. That’s a good deal.
Here’s Hugh Jackman arriving in London yesterday to promote The Greatest Showman.