Sean Connery and Roger Moore should thank Catholic actor Patrick McGoohan for their careers.

There’s no doubt that the role of James Bond has created many careers including (and originally) Sean Connery’s. Most actors would do just about anything to be cast in that role even today. But when the role was first cast, one Catholic actor turned down the role because of its reliance on sex and violence. But this wasn’t just any actor. It was Patrick McGoohan whom Orson Welles admitted to feeling “intimidated” by his acting ability.

It was in 1960 when every actor wanted the role of James Bond. “I thought there was too much emphasis on sex and violence,” McGoohan explained a few years after turning down the role.

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