Ralph Fiennes As 007 Instead Of Pierce Brosnan

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Ralph Fiennes, who became James Bond’s new boss M in 2012’s Skyfall, has confessed he once auditioned for the role of 007 a long time ago, but lost against Pierce Brosnan.

The Schindler’s List star admitted it wasn’t his first audition in the long-running Ian Fleming’s franchise and that he had talks with Albert Broccoli, the producer, in the mid 1990s, but he lost out to Pierce.

The new boss of MI6 told British magazine Seven, “There was an early conversation. There was a conversation that was great, and a meeting with Cubby Broccoli, that was terrific. I think that’s all I can really 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. I think I would have been a terrible Bond anyway.”

He added, “I think I would’ve been a terrible Bond, actually. I think I’m happier playing M. And I think Daniel Craig is a brilliant Bond.”

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