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Thursday 29 June 2017

Eastwood: I was offered James Bond

Clint Eastwood said he turned down chances to be James Bond and Superman
Clint Eastwood said he turned down chances to be James Bond and Superman

Clint Eastwood has revealed he was offered the starring roles of superheroes Superman and James Bond, but turned them down.

The legendary Western star and Oscar-winning director told the LA Times' Hero Complex blog he could have played the caped crusader - a role made famous by the late Christopher Reeve - and stepped into 007's shoes after Sean Connery, but he said "no thank-you".

Eastwood revealed: "I can remember - and this was many years ago - when [Warner Bros. President] Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman.

"So it could have happened. This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, 'Superman? Nah, nah, that's not for me.' Not that there's anything wrong with it. It's for somebody, but not me.

"I was also offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role. This was after Sean Connery left. My lawyer represented the Broccolis [who produce the Bond franchise] and he came and said, 'They would love to have you.' But to me, well, that was somebody else's gig. That's Sean's deal. It didn't feel right for me to be doing it."

The Dirty Harry star confessed he liked more gritty, down-to-earth roles.

He said: "I always liked characters that were more grounded in reality. Maybe they do super things or more-than-human things - like Dirty Harry, he has a knack for doing crazy things, or the western guys - but, still, they're not caped crusaders."

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