Bond Role Was Too Tall An Order For Gibson

MEL GIBSON's dream of landing the coveted JAMES BOND role was shattered when a producer deemed him too short to play the secret agent.
The actor was tipped to become Bond at the height of his career - but producer Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli wanted a taller star, according to scriptwriter Tom Mankiewicz, who penned The Man With The Golden Gun and Live And Let Die.
Mankiewicz explains, "At one point Mel Gibson wanted to play Bond. And Cubby was against it. Cubby first of all had a thing about tall people. Bond had to be tall. And so Mel Gibson was too short. But he was a big star.
"Somebody at (film studio) United Artists said to me, 'Call him and tell him Mel Gibson would be great.' And Cubby said, 'I don't want to make a Mel Gibson movie, I want to make a James Bond movie.'"
The snub didn't keep Gibson from wooing one of Bond's girls - his current partner Oksana Grigorieva has an 11-year-old son with former 007 star Timothy Dalton.


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It’s funny how this story magically appeared, simultaneously, all over the internet yesterday morning. Usually a story takes a few hours to a couple of days to be picked up by so many sites. My first thought was that the story is a plant. It's not the first time I've had this feeling, but this time I wanted to verbalize it.Mel gave an interview many years ago about being offered the Bond role. I saw the original interview and have since seen it on YouTube. The interviewer mentioned Gibson being offered the Bond role and asked him why he turned it down. Gibson said he would have felt silly and he just wasn't interested in the part. He turned the part down and the studios moved on to someone else. This story is a load of rubbish.
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