Outlander’s Sam Heughan auditioned to play James Bond


Sam Heughan as James Bond would be my dream come true…our dream come true, if I’m including my fellow Outlander fans. Of all the people who have been rumored to take up the role, I think Heughan is one of the very best options.

Appearing on Esquire’s video series “Explain This,” Heughan revealed that he did actually audition for the role. But before you get too excited, it wasn’t recently, but rather before Casino Royale, the first film starring Daniel Craig as the super-spy, was in the works. “I actually have auditioned for James Bond back when they were rebooting Bond 21,” Heughan said. “When Daniel Craig came on board, they were talking about making him younger.”

Casino Royale came out in 2006, when Heughan was 25. Obviously, they didn’t end up going younger, and cast the then-38-year-old Craig.

And that’s about how old Heughan is now! He may have missed out on the last round of Bond casting, but he could win the new one, since the upcoming No Time To Die will be Craig’s final outing as the character? “Very recently I became the bookie’s favorite, which is kind of random and very strange,” Heughan said.

Is it strange though, Sam Heughan? I mean, we all see it — why don’t you?

It’s been a minute since we’ve had a Scottish James Bond — the last was Sean Connery, the very first actor to play the role. I don’t know about all of you, but I think it’s high time we circled back.

I think Heughan would happily step into this role if given the opportunity. He even hinted as much during an interview with Good Morning Britain. “It’s not a no.”


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