The Hollywood star Liam Neeson spoke out this week to reveal that his late wife Natasha Richardson had said that she would not marry him if he played James Bond.
While appearing on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on Thursday, Neeson recalled that he was once approached for the role and “got a couple of calls” from James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli.
“But I wasn’t offered it. I know they were looking at various actors, and I apparently was among them,” Neeson remembered. “However, my dear, departed wife did say to me … ‘Darling, if you’re offered James Bond and you’re going to play it, you’re not going to marry me.’”
Neeson ultimately took his name out of the running for the part, and he married Richardson in 1994. They would go on to have two sons, Micheál and Daniel, before Richardson tragically died in a skiing accident in 2009. She was only 45 years-old. Neeson opened up about her death back in 2014.
“I was told she was brain dead. And seeing this X-ray it was, like, ‘Wow.’ But obviously she was on life support and stuff,” Neesom recalled of saying goodbye to her, according to Fox News. “And I went in to her and told her I loved her. Said, ‘Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this. You’ve banged your head. It’s – I don’t know if you can hear me, but that’s – this is what’s gone down. And we’re bringing ya back to New York. All your family and friends will come.’ And that was more or less it.”
Micheál opened up about Richardson’s death last summer.
“I think the pain was a little too overwhelming,” he told Vanity Fair last summer.”I think the mind is very powerful, and subconsciously, or unconsciously, it can protect you. That’s what it did when she passed. I just pushed it aside and didn’t want to deal with it.”
“I don’t, even still, think that I’ve fully comprehended it, and that seems to be a similar journey to a lot of people I’ve spoken to,” Neeson recalled. “Fifty-year-olds who lost their parents when they were 12, 13…One day they’re out gardening, and something comes over them and they just break down.”
“That’s more or less what she was like,” he said, comparing her to role in The Parent Trap. “She was this sweet, amazing mother figure—my best friend. She had these amazing, big welcomes when we’d come home or she would come home. I’m so lucky because I have her captured on film.”