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"An Alternate James Bond" by Andrew Beane

Author says: what if Pierce Brosnan had been locked into contractual obligations to the TV Series Remington Steele? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

In 1994,

at a press conference in London, England on this day actor Sam Neill announced that he had accepted the role of James Bond in the upcoming film GoldenEye, the seventeenth installment of the popular spy films.

Sam Neill stars in GoldeneyeNeill, who says he has long wanted to portray the suave superspy, was chosen to replace Pierce Brosnan as the latter was trapped in a contract for the production the delay-proned television movie Night Watch.

The James Bond 007 franchise has been in legal limbo for five years, with MGM's parent company Qintex battling Danjaq for the rights to air future Bond films internationally. This, coupled with Timothy Dalton?s horribly-received stint as the MI6 agent in The Living Daylights and License To Kill, had threatened to retire the series altogether. After the production of The Property of a Lady was delayed for four years, Dalton resigned from his contract to star in a third film in April.

Pierce Brosnan was favored to take the role, which he had been prevented from doing in 1987's The Living Daylights due to his contractual obligations to the television series Remington Steele. There was also minor concern over the use of an Irish actor to portray the traditionally British character, despite the fact that Scottish, Welsh and Australian men had played the role. Neill himself is from New Zealand.

Sam Neill, 47, is best known for his roles in The Hunt For Red October (1990), The Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), and last summer's blockbuster Jurassic Park. He also starred in the television mini-series Amerika, about a Soviet-dominated United States in the future. Neill has been an actor and director since 1975, and says that notable British actor James Mason was his mentor.

Goldeneye, the first Bond film since the end of the Cold War, is set for release in 1995, and is expected to take place primarily in former-Soviet Russia.

Author says reference from Wikipedia explains~ Pierce Brosnan as James Bond (007): An MI6 Agent assigned to stop the Janus crime syndicate from acquiring "GoldenEye," a clandestine satellite weapon designed and launched by the Soviets during the Cold War. Before Pierce Brosnan was cast as James Bond, Liam Neeson, Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Hugh Grant and Lambert Wilson were all rumoured to be in the running for the roleto view guest historian's comments please visit the Today in Alternate History web site where this thread continues.

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Andrew Beane, Guest Historian of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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