It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s … Clint EastwoodSeptember 8, 2010
So, here’s Clint Eastwood, lounging around in the early ’70s. He gets a phone call from his agent: “Clint, baby, the Broccolis want you to take over for Connery as James Bond.”
Clint: “Don’t call me ‘Baby,’”
Agent: “Sure, okay, but —“
Clint: “And what the hell is a Broccoli?”
Agent: “They’re the producers of the Bond movies.”
Clint: “Bond’s a pansy. Connery wears a wig, for Christ’s sake. Pass.”
A few years go by …
Agent: “Clint, they want you for Superman.”
Clint: “Are you joking? Do I look like I want to wear tights and fly around?”
Agent: “But it’s big! It’s huge! Gene Hackman is in it!”
Clint: “Tell them to call Connery.”
This actually happened, as reported today by Movieline.com. I’m trying to picture a parallel world where Clint Eastwood played Bond in Live and Let Die, or Superman in the first movie. And I can’t do it. It’s just wrong. While Daniel Craig would later adopt a Dirty Harry style for his take on Bond, the time was not right in the early ’70s.
And as for Superman … actually, I’d like to see Clint take the part of Batman in a film version of The Dark Knight Returns. That’d be sweet.
Strangest of all: Clint tells Movieline he would have jumped, or, well, swam at the chance to play Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner. “That’s the one I always liked. I had all of those comics when I was a kid,” he said.