September 9th, 2010
12:01 PM ET
The name’s Eastwood, Clint Eastwood.
Okay, so that isn’t the actual tag line for the legendary James Bond films, but Clint Eastwood was once a candidate to play 007 and Superman before turning both roles down.
The Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker revealed in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that he was approached about filling the shoes of both characters back in the 1970s. Known for his role in "Dirty Harry" and a penchant for taking on gritty Westerns, Eastwood was a star, but he just wasn’t sure about rocking tights and a cape.
“I can remember – and this was many years ago – when [Warner Bros. President] Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman,” the 80-year-old actor said. “I was like, ‘Superman? Nah, nah, that’s not for me.’ Not that there’s anything wrong with it. It’s for somebody, but not me.”
According to Eastwood, a couple years before that, he was given the opportunity to replace Sean Connery as James Bond. While the role was along the lines of his previous work in terms of its action, Eastwood still didn’t see himself as the right man for the job.
“I was also offered pretty good money to do James Bond,” he admitted. “My lawyer represented the Broccolis, who produce the Bond franchise, and he came and said, ‘They would love to have you.’ But to me, well, that was somebody else’s gig. That’s Sean’s deal. It didn’t feel right for me to be doing it.”
"Superman" would later make a star out of Christopher Reeve, and while some may debate whether or not Connery was the greatest Bond ever, perhaps both guys can thank Eastwood for saying, “Nah.”
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