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Sir Tom Jones remains one of the nation’s most familiar faces after more than six decades in showbiz, as a singer and later TV star on BBC’s ‘The Voice’. The performer, who was born in Pontypridd, Wales, rose to fame thanks to his “robust baritone” voice and “snake hip” dance moves that saw him regularly thrust during performances. He started his career in working men’s clubs before going onto sell out venues and tour the world. On Sunday, Tom will celebrate his 80th birthday and in commemoration a series of tributes will be broadcast recounting the star’s life. While he’s praised for his undeniable singing talent, unearthed accounts reveal things could have taken a drastic turn when he was considered for a Hollywood blockbuster. Tom was in the running to take over the James Bond film franchise and a serious consideration by producers, before ultimately turning him down because of the fame.
Tom Jones was tipped to join a roster of actors who have reprised the role of infamous British spy 007 – including Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
The ‘It’s Not Unusual’ singer claimed to have been proposed as the future ‘shaken-not-stirred’ star by Cubby Broccoli, who produced the series, during a 2010 interview on Smooth Radio.
He said: “When I was young I would have liked to be James Bond, and at one time it was discussed.
”I think it came from Cubby Broccoli, who was the man in charge, of course, and he said when my name was put forward.”
While Tom did not specify which years he would have been considered, it is believed to have been either during the late Sixties or early Seventies when Sean Connery’s term as Bond was coming to an end.
He recounted Mr Broccoli’s pitch for the singer to be given the role: “Tom Jones is so recognisable as Tom Jones – he’s a character, he’s become this singer with a big character.”
Despite the temptation to choose him due to his international stardom and broad appeal with women across the world – highlighted by him regularly having underwear thrown at him during performances – they cast his name aside.
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Tom recalled the discussions: ”‘So in order for him to do James Bond, would people accept him as being James Bond? Could they get past him being Tom Jones?’ – and so apparently that was what the problem was.”
Despite not getting the part, the singer added that it was “definitely a big compliment” to have even been linked to the role.
Future James Bond film ‘No Time to Die’, which will see Daniel Craig play the role for a final time, will be at cinemas from November 12 – after the initial release date was pushed back due to coronavirus.
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