Liam Neeson rejected James Bond after late wife Natasha Richardson gave him ultimatum
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Neeson explained his late wife Natasha was the reason he didn't pursue the opportunity to play James Bond in the 1990s. During the casting process, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli contacted Neeson multiple times to gauge his interest in the role. However, while shooting Nell in North Carolina, Neeson's wife made it clear if he were to take the part, they would not get married. "They looked at a bunch of actors. Schindler's List had come out and Barbara had called me a couple of times to ask if I was interested..."