How Cary Grant nearly made Global James Bond Day an American affair

Fans across the globe are celebrating James Bond’s 50 years in film on Friday, as part of Global James Bond Day, but they might reflect that no matter how quintessentially British 007 is, the filmed Bond franchise nearly began with an American in the role.
Hollywood idol Cary Grant was urged to take the role by his close friend, the Bond producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli – who had Grant as the best man at his wedding.
Grant’s English birth and upbringing – he became a US citizen in 1942 – might have helped to soften the blow of a “possible American Bond”, but the deal was kiboshed by Grant, who would only commit to one film. He would also have been 58 – Roger Moore’s age when he played Bond for the final time, in 1985’s A View to a Kill – when it was released.

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guardian.co.uk

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