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Kevin Spacey Was Almost The Bond 23 Villain

Oh what could have been. In a meet and greet preceding a recent screening of The Usual Suspects, the always brilliant Kevin Spacey dished at length on everything from beating Rafael Nadal at ping pong to roles he narrowly missed out on. One of them, however, is of particular interest. Apparently, both Spacey and director Sam Mendes were particularly excited about the Oscar winner playing the villain in the upcoming Bond 23. His last foray into the seedy underworld, Superman Returns, may not have been the greatest superhero movie of all-time, but honestly, that was hardly his fault.

According to Live for Films, it's Richard III that's at fault for Spacey getting cockblocked out of the role. The theater enthusiast is going on tour with the production right as Mendes takes Bond 23 into filming, creating an unavoidable scheduling conflict. When it comes to choosing between Hollywood and the stage, Spacey has repeatedly chosen the latter. Now, as a result, Javier Bardem, is the man we're all waiting for an answer from.

You may remember Mendes and Spacey worked together on American Beauty and that didn't turn out so bad. Hopefully, if the director's work with James Bond goes over well, he'll consider Lester Burnham for a villain role in the future.

Mack Rawden
Mack Rawden

Enthusiastic about Clue, case-of-the-week mysteries, the NBA and cookies at Disney World. Less enthusiastic about the pricing structure of cable, loud noises and Tuesdays.