Liam Neeson recalls his late wife Natasha Richardson saying she wouldn’t marry him if he played James Bond

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If Liam Neeson wanted to marry Natasha Richardson, he had to turn down a particular acting role: James Bond.

The 69-year-old actor shared the treat again during an interview on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on Thursday. Neeson was apparently approached for the role years ago, explaining that he “got a few calls” from producer Barbara Broccoli.

“But I wasn’t offered it. I know they were watching various actors, and I was apparently among them,” Neeson noted. “However, my dear deceased wife said to me… ‘Honey, if you are offered James Bond and you’re going to play him, you’re not going to marry me.'”

Neeson eventually removed their name from the 007 ring and the couple married in 1994. The couple went on to have two sons: Micheál and Daniel.

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Also during the interview, Neesom shared that after the arguments he would tease his late wife by humming the James Bond theme song as he held his hands in the shape of a pistol.

Neesom previously explained why he chose not to play the role of the world’s favorite spy, telling the Men’s Journal, Richardson’s reasoning was: “Women. Foreign countries. Halle Berry.”

“It’s understandable,” he added.

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Actor Liam Neeson and actress Natasha Richardson. The late “Parent Trap” star and the “Taken” actor married in 1994. (Photo by Shawn Ehlers / WireImage)

English actress deceased in 2009 at age 45 from an epidural hematoma, or bleeding around the brain, after a skiing accident.

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In 2014, Neeson opened up about his wife’s death.

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“I was told she was brain dead. And seeing that x-ray, it was like ‘Wow’. But obviously she was on life support and stuff,” Neesom recalls on “60 minutes“to say goodbye.

“And I went to see her and I told her that I loved her. I said, ‘Honey, you won’t be back from this. You hit your head. It’s – I don’t know if You can hear me, but that’s – that’s what happened. And we’re taking you back to New York. All your family and friends will be coming. And that was more or less. ”

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