Liam Neeson’s wife kept him from becoming James Bond
Liam Neeson has taken on many roles. The actor has decorated his career with colorful and iconic characters as worthy of mention as they are memorable. From retired CIA agent Brian Mills in Taken to master the force as Qui-Gon Jinn in Star wars, Neeson has left an indelible mark on Hollywood. James Bond was another popular character that Neeson could have left his mark with. However, before Neeson got close to the role, his late wife Natasha Richardson didn’t want him to inherit the James Bond mantle for the sake of their relationship.
How did Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson meet?
Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson met on the set of the play Eugene O Neil Anna christie, which earned them both Tony nominations. At the time, Richardson’s marriage to producer Robert Fox was on shaky ground.
“It wasn’t an easy time when I first met Liam,” said Richardson Daily news. “Working with him, what happened between us and what became common knowledge as my marriage fell apart, was kind of bad timing. So what can I say? Obviously I fell in love with him very much.
But Neeson and Richardson did not immediately enter into a relationship. The tipping point came after Anna christie concluded. Neeson left New York for Poland to film Oscar-winning film Schindler’s list. The actor sent Richardson a letter on his 30se birthday celebrating the occasion.
“You are catching up with me. Lots of love, Oskar, ”said Neeson, referring to his character as Schindler’s list.
The letter prompted Richardson to respond and make his true feelings known.
“It’s like a letter from a friend. What is our relationship? Richardson responded.
“That’s when I knew I really loved this person,” Neeson said. “I was like, ‘This is real and genuine and something that needs to be protected.'”
The couple then married in 1994.
Why Natasha Richardson didn’t want Liam Neeson to play James Bond
Before Richardson and Neeson tied the knot, however, there was another commitment the actor was considering making to James Bond. On the Late Late Show with James Corden, Neeson has revealed how he was briefly courted for the role of 007.
“They approached me, I think it was a few calls from Barbara Broccoli who is now the lead producer of the Bond films,” said Neeson. “However, my dear deceased wife said to me… ‘Honey, if you are offered James Bond and you’re going to play him, you’re not going to marry me.'”
In an interview resurfaced with Men’s diary, Neeson explained in a little more detail why his wife did not want him to replace James Bond.
“Women. Foreign countries. Halle Berry. It’s understandable,” Neeson said when asked about his wife’s reservations. “She said to me, ‘You’re going to ruin your career.'”
Liam Neeson went into labor after losing Natasha Richardson
Natasha Richardson died after hitting her head in a skiing accident in 2009. With Richardson left in a vegetative state, Neeson honored an earlier promise the couple made to themselves.
“She and I made a pact,” said Neeson 60 minutes. “If any of us fell into a vegetative state, we would pull out the plug. You know? So when I saw her and saw all these hits and stuff, that was my immediate thought.
In the same interview, Neeson confesses that he has embarked on the work to better cope with the death of his wife.
“I’m not good without a job,” Neeson said. “I’m not too good of myself. You know? And I just didn’t want, especially for my boys, to look like I was slipping into sadness or depression.
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