British actor Ralph Fiennes has finally made into the Bond series by playing Gareth Mallory in SKYFALL, a role he will reprise in Bond 24 and the following 007 adventures after being revealed as the new M in the 2012 film. But in 1994 he was considered to play James Bond himself for GOLDENEYE, before Pierce Brosnan took over the role.
“There was a conversation that was great and a meeting with Cubby Broccoli, that was terrific,” said Fiennes to The Telegraph. “I think that’s all I can say, except that it didn’t lead to anything on both sides. I don’t think I felt ready to commit and I think they were looking at Pierce.”
Fiennes also revealed that he would have been a "terrible" 007 and that he feels happy playing M. "I think Daniel Craig is a brilliant Bond" he added. The actor, also famous for THE CONSTANT GARDENER (based on John LeCarre's novel with a screenplay by GOLDENEYE's Jeffrey Caine) and SCHINDLER'S LIST will star in Wes Anderson's THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL before he starts shooting scenes for Bond 24 by the end of the year.
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