Sean Connery. George Lazenby. Roger Moore. Timothy Dalton. Pierce Brosnan. Daniel Craig. James Bond celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012, and without the likes of these men, the franchise would never have made it that far.
Casting is an integral part of every movie, but it's the keystone that keeps a series going for 23 movies. You only live twice, but when it comes to picking the right Bond, you only pick once.
Luckily, the slate of men who have inhabited the role of 007 have been the perfect fit for whatever tone their respective films have striven for. But what if the Bond producers had gone a different direction? Picked other actors to take on the iconic role? Hollywood.com looks back at 50 years of Bond history to uncover some of the best "what if" scenarios, actors who almost carried the license to kill, but never managed to snag the part.
Who nearly played 007? Find out in our gallery:
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