It’s now no longer a mystery that Sam Neill once auditioned for the iconic role of James Bond.

However, the Jurassic World: Dominion actor is now revealing that he didn’t genuinely want the role at all, and he’s actually grateful for not nabbing it.

Speaking with CinemaBlend about his new movie, Sam became requested for his audition for the James Bond franchise.

“I did that with extreme reluctance,” Sam confessed. “I assume that was the final thing I allowed my then agent to bully me into.”

He recalled that he had advised James Bond: “‘I particularly don’t want to be that James Bond that everyone says, ‘Look, there’s James Bond in the corner of the restaurant. He’s the only I don’t like.’”

Sam added that he did the audition to appease the agent, announcing that “the entire thing was mortifying, and luckily I never heard from them again.”

At the time Sam auditioned, the role sooner or later went to Pierce Brosnan, who Sam said “really, really desired the position”.

“I’m so pleased he got the gig,” Sam says. “…Pierce really desired the gig, and he was really good at it. He was terrific. I didn’t want the gig, and I would have been any good. So all’s well that ends well.”

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