Jurassic World Dominion’s Sam Neill Opens Up About His “Morning” James Bond Audition


Jurassic World Dominion Star Sam Neill has opened up about when he was almost considered for the role of James Bond.

After Roger Moore’s retirement from the role of 007, the search began in 1986 for the next actor to wear Bond’s tuxedo in Living daylights. Neill, better known at the time as Damien Thorn in Omen III: The Final Conflict and the British miniseries Reilly, got spies, was one of the main contenders for the role. Speaking to CinemaBlend, it wasn’t the dream role he wanted.

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“I did it with extreme reluctance,” Neill said. “I think that was the last thing I allowed my agent at the time to harass me. Because I said to him, ‘Look, I don’t want to be James Bond. to be that James Bond that everyone says, “Look, there’s James Bond in the corner of the restaurant. He’s the one I don’t like.” So I showed up at Pinewood, I’m doing this audition, everything was mortifying, and luckily I never heard from them again.”

It turned out that the Bond producers had no interest in casting Neill either. Initially, producer Albert R. Broccoli selected Remington Steele star Pierce Brosnan to play the new 007, but the actor’s TV series contract led to a dispute that cost him the role. Eventually Broccoli cast Timothy Dalton as the next Bond actor and Living daylights was released in 1987. Brosnan went on to play Bond in 1995 golden eye.

Neill’s audition was kept hidden for years until part of it was released on the DVD extras of Living daylights. Although he lost Bond, Neill found greater recognition for his performances in From the Mouth of Madness by John Carpenter, Event horizonby Taika Waititi Wilderpeople Hunt and as Dr. Alan Grant in the jurassic park franchise. Neill first appeared as Alan Grant in Steven Spielberg jurassic park in 1993.

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With Jurassic World Dominion Reported to be the franchise’s final installment, Neill expressed his love to the cast and crew with a goodbye when the sequel wrapped production. “There were days when we thought maybe we wouldn’t make it,” Nell said. “But we did…we pulled off what seemed next to impossible. A great crew. A lovely cast. A top director. Whew – and celebrations.”

The future of the James Bond franchise is still unknown after the shocking conclusion of Daniel Craig’s latest outing in no time to die (2021). Fans of the film series have rallied around actor Idris Elba to play the next 007, while actors like Tom Holland and Tom Hardy have also expressed interest in the role.

Neill can be seen in his final appearance as Dr. Grant in Jurassic World Dominionnow in theaters.

Source: CinemaBlend


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