Mark Strong on his Failed James Bond Audition: “I cocked it up”

“Leaving it late or leaving it to the last moment so you can catch something unexpected – which some actors do, and I admire that – that’s not me. I like to prepare.” – Mark Strong on Auditions

Olivier Award-winning actor Mark Strong has a history of playing intense, often villainous characters with his stern English accent — and even appeared Bond villain-like in several Jaguar ads — which makes it seem odd that he has yet to appear as a villain in a James Bond film. As it turns out, in an interview with Den of Geek, Strong reveals that he did, in fact, audition for a Bond film while Pierce Brosnan was playing 007 — but the audition didn’t go well.

“I cocked it up. I’d underestimated what it would feel like being in the room. You can be at home and you can practice and do your lines but when you get into the room and the moment comes where everybody sits back and says ‘okay then, give us what you’ve got’, that’s quite a tense time.”

Strong admitted that he didn’t realize just how many people from the Bond team would be in the audition room, and he came off as unprepared. He has learned from that experience, explaining, “Leaving it late or leaving it to the last moment so you can catch something unexpected – which some actors do, and I admire that – that’s not me. I like to prepare.”

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...) For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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