David Tennant 'was in the running against Daniel Craig' for James Bond role

David Tennant attends the screening of new BBC One drama, Inside Man at the BFI Southbank, in London.Picture date: Wednesday September 21, 2022. (Photo by Suzan Moore/PA Images via Getty Images)
David Tennant has said he was in the running to be James Bond. (Getty Images)

David Tennant has claimed he was in the running against Daniel Craig to be cast as James Bond.

Craig, 54, was cast as the super spy in 2005 and has starred in the last five films as 007, but now Tennant, 51, has revealed it could have been him.

The Doctor Who star told the Acting For Others podcast: “I never believed I had, until I worked with a director recently who had worked with the Broccolis, who said ‘Yeah, you were on the list that time’.

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“I was like ‘What time? What are you talking about?’ He went ‘Yeah, the last time’.

Daniel Craig attends the
Daniel Craig has played 007 in five films since 2006. (Getty Images)

“I suppose it must have been Daniel Craig; before that I would have been a child.

“I think it was quite a long list and I don’t think I was ever very near the top of it. But apparently so.”

The James Bond movies, based on the books by Ian Fleming, are produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson.

Craig first played 007 in 2006's Casino Royale and has now announced he is stepping down after his fifth turn as Bond on 2021's No Time To Die.

But Tennant admitted life could have been very different for him if he was cast in the role instead of Craig, saying: “I think it’s probably a bit of a game-changer, that level of celebrity.”

The Scottish actor's career went in another direction when he was cast as the 10th Time Lord in cult sci fi show Doctor Who.

Sarah Parish and David Tennant arrive at The Pioneer British Academy Television Awards at the Theatre Royal on April 17, 2005 in London.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
David Tennant in 2005, when he was in the running to be James Bond. (Getty Images)

He starred as The Doctor from 2005 to 2010, and met his wife Georgia Moffett, the daughter of another former Time Lord Peter Davison, when she appeared in the show in 2008.

Tennant said: “It was a different scale to anything I’d done before in terms of just the general public being aware of you.

“You can sort of be known in the industry and there’s a whole thing where you’re suddenly in people’s living rooms and they have a kind of ownership of you, in a way.

David Tennant stands infront of the Tardis after arriving for the Doctor Who Series 4 screening at the Apollo West End in central London.
David Tennant as the Time Lord. (BBC)

“And it’s a multifaceted experience, and lots of it is very nice, but there are parts of it where you just can’t really anticipate what that feels like, I think.”

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The Staged star is returning as The Doctor alongside Catherine Tate, who played his companion, Donna Noble in special scenes to mark the BBC show's 60th anniversary, due to air in 2023.

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