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Lewis Collins's greatest disappointment was his failure to get the James Bond role after Roger Moore

A tribute to Lewis Collins, the Mojo musician who became famous in the late 1970s as hit man Bodie in The Professionals, reveals that his greatest disappointment was not his decision to be a hairdresser rather than join the Beatles as a drummer but his failure to get the James Bond role after Roger Moore. Too aggressive, it was said, but really – since they chose cleft-chinned toff Timothy Dalton instead – they probably meant he wasn't smooth enough. Yet, as Ian Fleming said when he wrote to the Guardian in 1958 to defend his creation against encouraging a cult of luxury (eg choosing a brand of cigarette for its exclusivity rather than its taste), his James Bond was meant to be a blank sheet, an unobtrusive figure to whom exotic things happened. The personal style »

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