Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. We all know the actors who have played James Bond over the years, but many other actors have been considered for the role.
David Niven, Mel Gibson, Henry Cavill, Lewis Collins, Ian Ogilvy, Sam Worthington, John Gavin and Jeremy Brett were all in contention for the part at one time or another alongside a plethora of other actors. Some of these names never made it as far as doing screen tests for the role, but some did.
Three men who made it as far as the screen-testing process were James Brolin for Octopussy in 1983, Richard Green in 1970 for Diamonds Are Forever and Sam Neill in 1986 for The Living Daylights. Sadly, none of them scored the part.
Watch their screen tests below…