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Australian singer James Reyne reveals that he was almost cast as James Bond – but lost his nerve during the interview and ‘did not get the concert’


Australian singer and actor James Reyne has talked about the time he was briefly considered for the role of James Bond in the early 80s.

The 64-year-old revealed at Triple M’s Moonman in the Morning last Friday that he was invited to a secret meeting with producers, but did not know what it was all about in the beginning.

But as soon as he realized it was for the Bond franchise, he suddenly lost his nerve, which he believes cost him the lead role as the MI6 spy.

Reyne of the Name, James Reyne: Australian singer and actor James Reyne has spoken of the time he was briefly considered for the role of James Bond in the early '80s

Reyne of the Name, James Reyne: Australian singer and actor James Reyne has spoken of the time he was briefly considered for the role of James Bond in the early ’80s

‘Of course I think I was one of the few. I was asked about the time I had done [1983 drama series] Return to Eden and I did something else I do not remember, ‘he began.

‘I had a meeting and they were like,’ We can not tell you what it is, ‘and I said,’ Okay. ‘ So I went up to Sydney and I had this meeting with two women …

‘I knew it was a casting for something, and halfway through the meeting my ear dropped. I went, “Oh,” and I lost my nerve. I suddenly became nervous. So I did not get the concert. ‘

Casting call: The 64-year-old revealed at Triple M's Moonman tomorrow Friday that he was invited to a secret meeting with producers, but did not know what it was all about in the beginning.  Pictured with Deborah Conway at the Helpmann Awards in Sydney in August 2014

Casting call: The 64-year-old revealed at Triple M’s Moonman tomorrow Friday that he was invited to a secret meeting with producers, but did not know what it was all about in the beginning. Pictured with Deborah Conway at the Helpmann Awards in Sydney in August 2014

James previously talked about missing the role of 007 in an interview with the Newcastle Herald in April 2014.

He said he was flown to Sydney to meet with a group of Americans but was given no information on what the meeting was about.

‘It was not an audition, it was just a talk, an interview, when in the middle of this meeting I realized,’ Oh, they’re looking for the next James Bond, it’s the big time, ” he said.

'I had a meeting and they were like, "We can not tell you what it is," and I went, "Okay." So I went up to Sydney and I had this meeting with two women ... 'he said.  Pictured in the 80s

‘I had a meeting and they were like,’ We can not tell you what it is, ‘and I said,’ Okay. ‘ So I went up to Sydney and I had this meeting with two women … ‘he said. Pictured in the 80s

‘The moment the realization hit me, and because I knew at the time what they were looking for, I lost my game a bit. I started thinking about it, overanalyzing it and it just would not happen. ‘

The latest film in the James Bond series, No Time to Die, premiered in London last month with Daniel Craig in the title role.

It is the 25th film in the franchise and earned more than $ 7 million on opening day, according to Forbes.

Blockbuster: The latest film in the James Bond series, No Time to Die, premiered in London last month with Daniel Craig (pictured) in the title role

Blockbuster: The latest film in the James Bond series, No Time to Die, premiered in London last month with Daniel Craig (pictured) in the title role

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