Within the Sixties Clint Eastwood was quick turning into a family title. He had lately starred within the 1966 Western The Good, The Dangerous and the Ugly. And he had made his mark in cinemas with the 1968 film The place Eagles Dare.
So then, it’s no shock that the James Bond bosses got here knocking to coax the American star into taking part in the long-lasting British spy. However they did not anticipate the actor to be extraordinarily reluctant.
Eastwood was 39-years-old on the time and had simply launched a trio of motion films: Dangle ‘Em Excessive, Coogan’s Bluff and The place Eagles Dare.
On the similar time, Sean Connery had simply stepped down from taking part in Bond after the 1967 film You Solely Stay Twice. The image was Connery’s fifth movie as Bond and was the start of his resolution to maneuver away from the franchise after spending nearly a decade taking part in the hero.
In keeping with Eastwood, that’s when the Bond bosses approached him to play 007. He recalled that his lawyer on the time additionally represented the Broccoli household, the house owners of the Bond movie rights.
He remembered: “[My lawyer] got here and mentioned: ‘They might like to have you ever.'”
Eastwood was then given a proposal he nearly could not refuse.
He mentioned: “I used to be provided fairly good cash to do James Bond if I might tackle the function.”
Eastwood will need to have been provided a staggering amount of money, contemplating only a few years earlier Connery earned $1 million (roughly $8.6 million in 2022) for You Solely Stay Twice.
However the supply merely didn’t sit nicely with the Spaghetti Western star.
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Eastwood’s regularly rising profession additionally piqued the pursuits of Warner Brothers and their DC Comics administrators.
Within the late Seventies Eastwood was approached to play Superman, the Man of Metal.
Wanting again on this supply, he recalled in 2010: “This was once they first began to consider making [Superman]. I used to be like: ‘Superman? Nah, nah, that’s not for me.'”
He later went on to disclose that taking part in Superman merely was not one thing he was keen on.
Eastwood mentioned: “Not that there’s something unsuitable with it. It’s for someone, however not me. I at all times favored characters that had been extra grounded in actuality.”
It was not as if Eastwood wanted the franchise work to succeed, nonetheless.
In 1971 he starred in maybe his most iconic movie up to now, Soiled Harry.
Past that, he acquired Greatest Image and Greatest Director Oscars for his 1992 film Unforgiven.