Ralph Fiennes was in contention to play James Bond

James Bond star Ralph Fiennes once auditioned for the role of the movie superspy but lost out to Pierce Brosnan. Fiennes was installed as 007’s new boss M in 2012’s Skyfall but now he has confessed it was not the first time he tried to land a part in the long-running franchise.
The Schindler’s List star had talks with producer Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli over the vacant role of Bond in the mid-1990s, but he lost out on the chance to be Timothy Dalton’s successor – and he is convinced he would have been terrible as 007 anyway.
Fiennes tells British magazine Seven, “There was an early conversation. There was a conversation that was great, and a meeting with Cubby Broccoli, that was terrific. I think that’s all I can really say, except that it didn’t lead to anything on both sides. I don’t think I felt ready to commit and I think they were looking at Pierce. I think I would have been a terrible Bond anyway.”