Liam Neeson has some skills, but he seems to talk about women from time to time.
The “Taken” star – who was excited at the idea of taking a pay cut so a female co-star could get a raise — Rolling Stone explained in an interview published Monday why he turned down the role of James Bond in 1995’s “GoldenEye.”
Neeson explained to the magazine that the role was “offered” to him along with many other actors. But when he mentioned this to his late wife of 15 years, Natasha Richardson (EDS died in 2009 after a skiing accident at Mont Tremblant in Quebec), Neeson said she gave him a “James Bond ultimatum”.
“My beautiful wife, my God, her soul, said to me while we were shooting ‘Nell’ down in the Carolinas, ‘Liam, I want to tell you something: If you play James Bond, we’re not getting married.’ So, I want to tease going behind her, making my fingers like I’m a gun, and then (James Bond theme hips). I would love to do that shit! (laughs)”
Which, admittedly, is very cute. But things took a strange turn when Neeson explained why he thought his late wife didn’t want him to play the iconic role.
“She gave me the James Bond ultimatum. And she meant it! Now, all those gorgeous girls in different countries are getting into bed and getting out of bed. I’m sure a lot of his decision making was based on that!” he said, laughing.
Neeson and Richardson seem to have had a very happy relationship – and he’s kept her memory alive with lots of sweet stories about their time together.
In a 2016 episode of Sirius XM’s “My Favorite Song,” Neeson revealed that Richardson had disowned him. at their wedding in 1994 with Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love.”
“Behind my back, Natasha had singing lessons to sing it for me,” he said. “After the ceremony, we were all going in to start the night’s festivities, and she grabbed the microphone, and she sang this to me. I was like, ‘Wow.’”
The “Marlowe” star was also very open about the grief he suffered after her sudden death.
“There are periods in our New York residence now when I hear the door open, especially the first few years … any time I hear that door open, I still think I’m going to hear it ,” Neeson told Anderson Cooper on. “60 Minutes” in 2014.
Later, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Neeson admitted that he “didn’t know how” to answer a question about how he stayed afloat after Richardson’s death.
“Life goes on. Natasha’s mother, Vanessa (Redgrave), and her sister (Joely Richardson) moved in, and I had a wonderful assistant, Joanna,” he told the magazine. “People came to help you, you know You? In a big way. And I’ll never forget that.”
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