There have been a number of big stars who auditioned to play James Bond over the years but did not quite bag the part. But did you know that Josh Brolin’s father James Brolin was actually offered the role in Octopussy? Roger Moore had starred in five James Bond movies from 1973’s Live and Let Die to 1981’s For Your Eyes Only.
After five films, Moore was considering leaving the role, so Brolin auditioned for 1983’s Octopussy.
In the two screen tests, spotted by Screen Rant, we see the American hunk in a fight in one video.
While the other saw him seducing a woman while wearing a towel.
The latter is similar to a scene often used for a Bond audition, even in the case of Daniel Craig.
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Brolin was tentatively offered the role of 007 as the first American to play the part in an official Bond movie.
He even sported his US accent during the two audition tapes if you listen carefully.
Although Bond producer Michael G Wilson later described it as mid-Atlantic.
In the end, it was Sean Connery who ended up being the main reason Moore was persuaded to return for Octopussy.
The movie rights to Ian Fleming book Thunderball were owned by producer Kevin McClory.
And in the early 1980s, he decided to remake Sean Connery’s fourth outing from 1965 as Never Say Never Again with the original star.
This marked the first Bond actor’s seventh film as the character, but his only unofficial one.
But the problem was that Never Say Never Again was set for release in 1983, the same year as Octopussy.
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And it turns out EON productions did not want to introduce a new Bond opposite Connery.
So, in the end, they managed to persuade Moore to reprise the role for the sixth time.
In fact, he even returned for a seventh in 1985’s A View To A Kill when he was 57-years-old.
While Moore has starred in more movies than Craig, the latter is now the longest-serving Bond having held the role for 14 years.
Craig returns in No Time To Die this November, which was delayed from April due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It marks his first Bond movie in five years after 2015’s Spectre.
The star is now 52-years-old and has repeatedly said his fifth film will be his last.
Although, let’s not forget that both Connery and Moore were persuaded to return.
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