Avatar Star Sam Worthington Reveals He Missed James Bond Audition: ‘I Had No Idea What I Was Doing’

Sam Worthington could have been the iconic 007 had he passed the audition.

In a recent interview with Variety, the ‘Avatar’ star went into detail about how he missed out on the role of legendary British intelligence officer James Bond. After Pierce Brosnan completed his tenure as Bond, the producers were looking for a younger actor, and after the success of “Avatar,” Worthington was shortlisted to play the role.

Worthington traveled to London for the audition, where he met producer Barbara Broccoli and was asked to do a scene in the 1963 Bond film “From Russia With Love,” starring Sean Connery.

“I could play Bond as a killer, but I haven’t been able to bring down the dapper in my whole life. The costume did not fit me well, ”he explained. “I had no idea what I was doing.”

Sam Worthington admits he didn’t know what he was doing when he auditioned for James Bond.
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The role of Bond ultimately went to Daniel Craig, who played the spy in 2006’s ‘Casino Royale’, until 2021’s ‘No Time To Die’. Although Worthington didn’t land the role, he did say he learned a lot about building and maintaining a franchise. successful.

He compared his experience with the Bond producers to his work with James Cameron on ‘Avatar’, saying: “They are very detailed and meticulous” with the material and will do anything to protect it. He further explained that the creators had “done all the research” and, speaking specifically about Cameron, he said: “There’s nothing you can ask him that he doesn’t have an answer to.”

“Avatar” was first released in 2009 and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. It broke numerous box office records and became the world’s highest-grossing film of all time, grossing $2.789 billion, surpassing Cameron’s other blockbuster film, “Titanic,” which grossed $1.84 billion.

The success of the first movie was accompanied by the promise of many sequels to come, the first of which, “Avatar: The Way of the Water,” was released earlier this month. The film also stars Zoe Saldana, who reprized her role as Neytiri from the first film, as well as Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, and Stephen Lang.

“Avatar: The Way of the Water” also stars Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet, and Zoe Saldana.
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In the sequel, Worthington’s Jake Sully has started a family with Saldana’s Neytiri, but is forced to uproot them from their jungle home and move to the Water Tribes, when a new threat of war with humans arises. . There, his family is forced to learn the way of the Water Tribe.

The third installment in the franchise will air in December 2024, and during an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Worthington said that filming for parts three and four has already begun.

“We shot about 80%, 90% of three. They still owe us a few scenes,” she explained. “And in Four we did some scenes, because the kids were getting older, so we have to do that before they get a little bit older.”

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Cameron also confirmed that much of the third and fourth movies had already been filmed, telling Entertainment Weekly that he didn’t want the actors to look obviously older than the kids they’re supposed to be.

Worthington and James Cameron revealed that much of the next two "Avatar" Sequels have already been filmed.

Worthington and James Cameron have revealed that much of the next two “Avatar” sequels have already been filmed.
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“Otherwise you get, and I loveStranger Things” – but you get the “Stranger Things” effect, where they are supposed to be still in high school [but] they look like they are 27 years old,” Cameron said. “You know, I love the show. Okay, we’ll suspend disbelief. We love the characters. But you know.”

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While it’s unclear how many sequels there will be, during the same interview, producer Jon Landau explained that “each film will introduce audiences to new clans, new cultures on Pandora,” and these characters will continue to be “part of the ongoing evolution.” ” of history.

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