“David Bowie could be found underneath the kitchen table”: James Bond Actor’s Annoying Behavior Turned Off Musical Legend from Iconic Villain Role

“David Bowie could be found underneath the kitchen table”: James Bond Actor’s Annoying Behavior Turned Off Musical Legend from Iconic Villain Role David Bowie in The Prestige (2006) | Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

David Bowie is a familiar name in the music and cinematic world, whose music led him to become among the greatest artists in history. Apart from music, his acting talent was second to none, working on both the small and big screen. However, many would be surprised to know that the actor was quite close to playing aJames Bondvillain.

Associating with theBondfranchise is undoubtedly a huge deal, and Bowie’s impact could have further elevated its magic. However, things turned out differently due to Roger Moore.

David Bowie Almost Played aJames BondVillain

Who would have thought that the legendary musician David Bowie would have been playing aJames Bondvillain? But the fact is cent percent true as the English singer was initially attached to play the role of maniac Max Zorin in 1985’sA View to a Kill.

Early publicity of the movie openly attached his name to the project. Initially accepting the role, the musician turned it down, leaving many puzzled.

Although the reason seemed murky at first, Oscar-nominated scriptwriter Hanif Kureishi, seemingly hinted at the reason for his exit which links with the movie star Roger Moore. The duo initially had a great bonding which kickstarted with a sudden knock at the former’s door.

In his biography, David Bowie: A Life(via The Telegraph), author Dylan Jones reflected on their bond.The author shared, “One of the weirdest people to be in Bowie’s orbit was Roger Moore.”

The scriptwriter unraveled the Labyrinth actor‘s bonding with Moore when he moved to Switzerland at the end of the 1970s to escape tax and drug dealers. Living on the outskirts of Geneva, he knew nobody, with one day, Moore ended up knocking at his door.

One day, about half past five in the afternoon,there’sa knock on the door, and there he was: ‘Hello, David.’ Roger Moore comes in, and theyhada cup of tea. He stays for drinks, and then dinner, and tells lots of stories about the James Bond films. They had a fantastic time – a brilliant night.

While their first bonding session turned out to be amazing, it became‘less entertaining’the second time around. It was Moore’s annoying behavior that seemingly led the musician to take a U-turn from the 1985 project.

David Bowie Seemingly Turned Down A View to a KillRole Due to Roger Moore

While things were initially going well, it started to take a different turn when the 007 actor started pestering the late singer almost every day. His annoying behavior seemingly bothered the former who started to avoid him. In the same biography, the author mentioned,

After two weeks [of Moore turning up] at5.25pmliterallyevery day – David Bowie could be found underneath the kitchen table pretending not to be in.

It seems that theMaverickactor’s annoyance ultimately led the songwriter to decide not to work with him. The musician would have opted to maintain his inner peace instead of enduring Moore’s same tales from the saga.

Eventually, screen legend Christopher Walken ended up portraying the role, who completely pulled it off. The maniac character who wanted to create an artificial earthquake to save his monopoly would surely have gotten a different aesthetic had Bowie played the role. Nevertheless, Walken’s portrayal ended up gaining critical acclaim with the movie ending Moore’s 007 saga.

A View to a Killis available on Hulu.

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