There is a long, interesting post over at TV Guide's FlickChick, recapping the history of the James Bond franchise. Who almost became Bond, who played Bond when, who turned down the role and why. I already knew that Barry Nelson was the first person to play Bond (he played "Jimmy Bond," in a 1954 episode of Climax) and that Timothy Dalton was asked to play Bond many years before he got the role in the late '80s, but I didn't know that Patrick "Number Six" McGoohan turned down the role, or that both Sam Neill and Julian Glover auditioned to play 007 before Dalton came into the picture. Richard Johnson and Sid James almost became Bond too, but I've never heard of either of them.

I was asked to play 007 too, back in the early '80s, when Moore was going to be replaced, but I had a biology paper due and had to turn them down.