Sir Thomas John Woodward, known to many by his stage name, Tom Jones, was a strong contender for the role of James Bond, but was nixed because he was “too famous for the part” in the 1960s and 1970s.
Jones, who is three-quarters English and not Welsh as many previously thought, recently said it was his dream to play the debonair British secret agent in a movie early in his illustrious career. According to BBC News, during an interview, Jones told Smooth Radio, “When I was young I would have liked to be James Bond, and at one time it was discussed.”
Tom Jones would have fit right in with similar charm of Bond men, Sir Sean Connery and Roger Moore, because he has a reputation among women across the global as a sex symbol. Cubby Broccoli, producer of the movie series, saw that common thread inherent in the Bond men, in Jones – handsome, charming and extremely charismatic. But that Tom Jones as a leading Bond man was not to be.
Producers of the Bond series reportedly decided against going with Jones because of his growing international fame. They believed he would not be credible in the part. Somehow, I couldn’t see Tom Jones as James Bond. We already knew him as an award-winning singer in the 1970s and it’s safe to say, we just couldn’t get pass seeing him as Tom Jones and not as James Bond.
Side note; Tom did get a chance to sing the title song for the James Bond thriller Thunderball.