“Is it true that you were offered the part of James Bond?” @alroker asks Burt Reynolds pic.twitter.com/2CmKXB7nmK
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 8, 2018
Back in the ’70s, Burt Reynolds was considered one of the sexiest men alive. So sexy, that he was offered one of the sexiest roles a man could play. Al Roker asked him on Today today if it is true that he was offered the starring role in James Bond. The bandit told him, “It’s true. I hate, to say that, because it lowers my IQ about 50 points.” Why did he turn down the opportunity to play the part that most actors would give their left nut to play? The actor told him, “I thought no American could possibly play Bond.”
You know what, he is right. But still, it is crazy that he turned it down. Could you imagine him at the international spy?
In you case you were wondering when he said no, it was around 1970 after George Lazenby’s one and done try at it. Sean Connery came back to the reprise the role until he retired from it one more time and then Roger Moore started drinking the martini and seducing women.