I’m not a massive James Bond fan – in fact, I think I’ve only ever seen Daniel Craig‘s first one, so I can’t really speak on the character’s legacy or which actor should or shouldn’t play him. One thing I can tell you is that while Liam Neeson is a great actor and certainly one you’d want to negotiate for your kidnapped child’s release in any film, I just cannot see him as James Bond. Close call, because he nearly was!
“I was heavily courted, let’s put it that way, and I’m sure some other actors were too.
“It was about 18 or 19 years ago and my wife-to-be said, ‘If you play James Bond we’re not getting married’. And I had to take that on board because I did want to marry her.”
His wife-to-be, of course, is the late Natasha Richardson, who died after that awful skiing accident in 2009. Liam also spoke about how he’s still affected by her loss:
“There’s periods now in our New York residence when I hear the door opening, especially the first couple of years… anytime I hear that door opening, I still think I’m going to hear her.”
“It hits you. It’s like a wave. You just get this profound feeling of instability. The Earth isn’t stable anymore and then it passes and it becomes more infrequent, but I still get it sometimes.”
Ugh, how awful. I like Liam Neeson (well, that is to say, I don’t think about him much but he seems like a nice guy and really inoffensive) – here’s hoping he can somehow find some peace, though I don’t imagine you ever do in a situation like that. I don’t think I would, either.
So he was on Ellen’s show, and decided that it’d be a good thing to strip for cancer research (I’m so on board; cancer research and a practically naked Liam Neeson? Does it get better?), so he did. And this is the video. And you should probably watch it, because if you pause it at *just* the right time, he appears to be completely starkers.
Tell me, is it entirely wrong that I’m so turned on by a 60-year-old man?
I’m so happy there is a UK. Actually, Graham Norton isn’t technically British, huh. He is Irish, though! And so is handsome Liam Neeson, star of the new movie The Grey! So I’m happy there is an Ireland, is what I’m saying.
Have you guys seen the trailer for The Grey, by the way? It has something to do with Alaska and a plane crash and some wolves. Actually, The Grey is in hot water over its portrayal of the Gray Wolf as some sort of killing machine—wolves, and especially gray ones, are endangered, you guys. I know this because when I was a kid I had a wolf poster on my bedroom wall. Also, a photograph of Judi Dench.
Where was I? Ah, yes. I love Graham Norton. He’s really twerpy, and he does it very, very well.
In this clip from last night’s episode of The Graham Norton Show, an audience member makes a very compelling case that she is Mr. Neeson’s first-ever fan (she has brought along a letter that he sent her 30 years ago!).
Her request: will he rerecord the greeting on her voicemail?
Needless to say, Liam Neeson does so, and with aplomb.