Liam Neeson Reveals Why Natasha Richardson Didn’t Want Him Playing James Bond

Liam Neeson has a specified established of techniques, but conversing about ladies appears to be one he often flubs.

The “Taken” star — who was flabbergasted by the thought of having a pay cut so a woman co-lead could get a elevate — spelled out to Rolling Stone in an job interview published Monday why he turned down the purpose of James Bond in 1995’s “GoldenEye.”

Neeson spelled out to the magazine that he was “offered” the purpose together with numerous other actors. But when he stated this to his late spouse of 15 a long time, Natasha Richardson (who died in 2009 after a skiing incident at Mont Tremblant in Quebec), Neeson reported she gave him a “James Bond ultimatum.”

“My attractive wife, god relaxation her soul, claimed to me even though we have been shooting ‘Nell’ down in the Carolinas, ‘Liam, I want to convey to you something: If you perform James Bond, we’re not acquiring married.’ So I would tease her by going behind her again, creating my fingers as while I’m holding a gun, and then [hums the James Bond theme]. I liked doing that shit! [Laughs]”

Which, admittedly, is really adorable. But things took a weird convert when Neeson spelled out why he assumed his late spouse didn’t want him enjoying the iconic function.

“She gave me a James Bond ultimatum. And she intended it! Arrive on, there is all these stunning girls in several nations having into bed and having out of mattress. I’m certain a large amount of her decision-generating was centered on that!” he extra, laughing.

Richardson and Neeson at New York City’s Lincoln Center in 2008.
Richardson and Neeson at New York City’s Lincoln Centre in 2008.

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Neeson and Richardson did feel to have a pretty joyful romance — and he has stored her memory alive with a good deal of sweet anecdotes about their time collectively.

In a 2016 episode on Sirius XM’s “My Favorite Song,” Neeson exposed that Richardson had serenaded him at their marriage ceremony in 1994 with Van Morrison’s “Crazy Adore.”

“Behind my back again, Natasha experienced been having singing lessons to sing it to me,” he claimed. “After the ceremony, we were all going in to get started the night’s festivities, and she grabbed the microphone, and she sang me this. I was like, ‘Wow.’”

The “Marlowe” star has also been particularly open about the grief he knowledgeable just after her unexpected loss of life.

“There’s periods now in our New York residence when I hear the doorway opening, especially the 1st couple of decades … any time I hear that door opening, I even now imagine I’m likely to listen to her,” Neeson told Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes” in 2014.

Later on on, in his Rolling Stone job interview, Neeson admitted that he did not “know how to answer” a question about how he stayed afloat in the aftermath of Richardson’s loss of life.

“Life goes on. Natasha’s mom, Vanessa [Redgrave], and her sister [Joely Richardson] variety of moved in, and I had a superb assistant, Joanna,” he instructed the journal. “People just came to support, you know? In a massive way. And I’ll hardly ever, ever overlook that.”