Mel Gibson

    Before making the leap to Hollywood, and several years before starring in ‘lethal weapon‘, one of the best action movies in history, Mel Gibson was already a star in Australia thanks to the films of George Miller (‘Mad Max: Freeway Savages’ and ‘Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior’) and peter weir (‘Gallipoli’ and ‘The Year We Lived Dangerously’). It was between these last two films, around 1981, when the young actor was offered to be the next James Bond.

    Gibson recalls the moment in an exclusive interview with jobloexplaining why did you turn down the opportunity by then:

    “I was offered the James Bond movies when I was twenty-six years old, forty years ago, okay? And they said, hey, we want you to be the next James Bond. And I thought about it; He was in Australia, he was working with Peter Weir. And I thought about it, and I turned it down, for this reason: Look what happened to poor Sean (Connery), he got stuck in there for about three decades.”

    Surely, Gibson’s career would be very different from what we know today, and the character of James Bond too. Gibson’s 007 turned out to be one of the James Bond movies that never got made, becoming one of the biggest ‘what if?’ of the history of cinema.

    Mel Gibson

    Perhaps it is already a little late for Gibson (66 years old), but the rumors about the new actor who will play the role of Agent 007 after the departure of Daniel Craig of the franchise do not stop occurring. Idris Elba, Henry Cavill, Regé-Jean Page… Even Gillian Andersonthe protagonist of ‘Files X’, came to apply for the position in his day.

    The last to pronounce on the subject has been Sam Mendesdirector of ‘Quantum of Solace’, Skyfall’ and ‘Spectre’, who wonders if Daniel Craig is irreplaceable as James Bond.

    Spoilers: Nope.

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