Liam Neeson says he rejected James Bond role as his late wife Natasha Richardson wasn’t keen on it

Actor Liam Neeson, in a recent interview, revealed that he was reached out to portray James Bond in the 1990s, but rejected the role as his late wife was not keen on the idea.

The 69-year-old BAFTA-nominated actor revealed that he received an ultimatum from his late wife Natasha Richardson about the potential James Bond role.

People magazine reported that the actor appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday, where he admitted that he was approached by producer Barbara Broccoli about taking on the iconic role of James Bond 007, shortly after his appearance in Schindler’s List in 1993.

But, Liam Neeson couldn’t take the offer as he had to choose between his wife and the role at that time.

“I know they were looking at various actors and I apparently was among them. However, my dear, departed wife did say to me … ‘Darling, if you’re offered James Bond and you’re going to play it, you ‘re not going to marry me,'” Liam told Cordon.

Natasha died at age of 45 in 2009 from a head injury sustained while skiing at Quebec’s Mont Tremblant. The actor suffered from blunt force trauma after falling on a beginner’s slope while out with an instructor and refuting initial medical treatment after the accident.

In her loving memory, Liam and his eldest son Micheal developed the 2020 film Made in Italy about a father and son coping with the family matriarch’s death.

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Michael, who changed his last name in 2018 to honor his mother, said he “felt” Natasha’s presence while filming.

“When you lose somebody so close to you, sometimes you just push it away and out of your head because the thought of them hurts, but I found that’s an unhealthy thing to do. You have to remember them,” Michael told People magazine in an earlier interview.


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