Byline: Mail Foreign Service
QUITE what sort of an English accent he can muster remains in doubt.
And he can hardly see himself in a red cape and blue tights.
Yet Clint Eastwood claims that he was offered the roles of both James Bond and Superman in his younger days.
The 80-year-old actor and director said he was approached to take over as 007 after Sean Connery walked out on the role in 1967, fearing he was becoming typecast following his fifth Bond movie, You Only Live Twice.
At the time Eastwood had yet to emerge as a serious player in Hollywood, having played one-dimensional characters in spaghetti westerns such as The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.
He said his then lawyer also represented the Broccolis, who produce the Bond franchise.
'He came and said, "They would love to have you". I was offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role. But to me, well, that was somebody else's gig. That's Sean's deal. It didn't feel right for me to be doing it.'
When Eastwood turned down the role, the producers chose Australian actor George Lazenby as the new Bond.
Mocked for his 'wooden' acting, he appeared in only one film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1969. …