Hugh Jackman revealed that he turned down the offer to play the iconic “James Bond” a few years ago. The “Wolverine” star made the revelation during an appearance in an Australian news program titled “The Project,” Entertainment Weekly reported.

During the interview, Jackman shared that he was approached by the Bond camp while he was filming “X2: X-Men United.” Unfortunately, the actor passed up on the opportunity.  Jackman explained, “I was like, ‘Ah, I don’t think it’s the right time.’ But it was not an easy one to give up.”

When asked if he would be interested to play the British agent, Jackman responded, “I’d seriously consider it.”

The identity of the next actor, who would continue the James Bond movie franchise, has been the topic of many fans and critics alike, given recent news that Daniel Craig’s 007 contract is soon to expire. In an interview with Esquire U.K., Craig even shared that he is already looking forward to life after James Bond.

“At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see," the “Spectre” star said.

Meanwhile, other actors that fans and critics have considered to play the role are Idris Elba and Tom Hardy. However, the most recent name that was floated for the iconic agent was David Beckham, according to U.K.’s the Daily Star. Fans of the former football player have reportedly taken to Twitter to call for Beckham’s involvement in the James Bond movie franchise.

One fan even wrote, “Give David Beckham a few hours acting lessons and boom. The new James Bond.”

Beckham already had a speaking role in a Guy Ritchie movie titled “Knights of the Roundtable.” The film is slated for release next year. Aside from “Knights of the Roundtable,” the famous athlete was said to join the short film "Outlaws” alongside Harvey Keitel.

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