Hugh Jackman turned down the opportunity to play James Bond in 007 Casino Royale.
The star said: “I got a call from my agent saying, ‘There is some possible interest in you for Bond. Are you interested?’ At the time, I wasn’t.”
It wasn’t that Jackman was nervous about playing the part, he said it was simply because he had already planned on doing X-Men 2’s Wolverine. “I mean, who wouldn’t want to play James Bond?” the actor said. “I’ve always wanted to be 007. He’s the only British superhero. I didn’t want to be doing two such iconic characters at once.”
The X-Men’s actor mentioned that if the opportunity were to come up again, he might be more willing to take the part. “I think every male at some point thinks about playing James Bond,” he said. “So it was not right then, but it may be right if it comes back.”