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TheDailyBeast: Actors Who Almost Played James Bond

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson proved with his own hit action franchise that he can be lethal and knows his way around a weapon. So the dashing Aussie seemed a logical choice to play Bond—except for one crucial fault. He was too short. The height elitist? Producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli. “At one point Mel Gibson wanted to play Bond. And Cubby was against it. Cubby first of all had a thing about tall people. Bond had to be tall. And so Mel Gibson was too short," said Bond screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz. “Somebody at (film studio) United Artists said to me, ‘Call him and tell him Mel Gibson would be great.’ And Cubby said, ‘I don't want to make a Mel Gibson movie, I want to make a James Bond movie.’”



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