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Poll: Actors Who Turned Down the Role of James Bond

James Bond has been played by many actors over the years, and while there have been a good number of actors who have tried out for the part and NOT gotten it, there have also been a select group of actors who have actually been offered the part and turned it down, for various reasons. These are those actors. Who do you think would have been best?

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    David Niven

    Was Ian Flemming's personal choice for the role
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    Richard Burton

    Demanded too much money; didn't want to risk an "unproven concept".
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    Cary Grant

    Considered himself too old for the part; only wanted to appear in one film
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    Rod Taylor

    Considered the role to be "beneath" him.
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    Clint Eastwood

    Felt Bond had to be played by a British actor
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    Michael Gambon

    Didn't consider himself handsome enough for the part
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    Burt Reynolds

    Felt Bond had to be played by a British actor
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    Adam West

    Felt Bond had to be played by a British actor
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    Liam Neeson

    Didn't want to be typecast as an action hero
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    Hugh Jackman

    Didn't like the direction the producers were taking the character
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    Ewan McGregor

    Didn't want to be typecast
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    Dominic West

    Didn't want to compete with Pierce Brosnan for the part.