In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Liam Neeson spoke about his career and his late wife Natasha Richardson, who he married in 1994. The actor revealed that his wife had given him an ultimatum regarding his potential role in the James Bond franchise.
"She gave me a James Bond ultimatum. And she meant it!"
Neeson Clarifies James Bond Rumors
The actor cleared up rumors that he had been offered the role of James Bond, explaining that he had been approached by the Broccolis after the success of "Schindler's List," but ultimately declined the opportunity.
"I was not offered James Bond. I know the Broccolis. They looked at a bunch of actors," said Neeson. "Barbara [Broccoli] had called me a couple of times to ask if I was interested, and I said, 'Yes, I would be interested.' " However, Neeson's wife Natasha Richardson had different ideas about the iconic spy role.
While filming "Nell" in the Carolinas, Richardson told Neeson, "Liam, I want to tell you something: If you play James Bond, we're not getting married. So I would tease her by going behind her back, making my fingers as though I’m holding a gun, and then [hums the James Bond theme].
I loved doing that shit!" Neeson jokingly added, "Come on, there's all those gorgeous girls in various countries getting into bed and getting out of bed. I'm sure a lot of her decision-making was based on that!" Tragically, Richardson died in 2009 at the age of 45 from a skiing accident on Mont Tremblant in Quebec.
Despite the loss, Neeson has continued to work at a steady pace, shooting three films in the last year alone, "Blacklight," "Memory," and "Marlowe." Despite the passage of time, Neeson has found comfort in the visits from Richardson's mother and sister.
"I faced her death over time," said Neeson. "Although I am already in my eighth decade of life, Liam Neeson works at the same pace as before."