Gulshan Grover has revealed that he played the villain in the James Bond movie Casino Royale, Le Chifre. However, the news reached the tabloids even before the official announcement and the ‘upset’ producers decided to replace him.
Casino Royale (2006) was the first film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. He faced off against the expert card player and terror financier Le Chifre, played by Mads Mickelson. According to Forbes, the film was a huge success at the box office, grossing $ 594.4 million worldwide.
Gulshan said in 2005 at a meeting at Clarence House in St James’s Palace, London, Prince Charles’ cousin asked him if he was the next James Bond villain. Find out if I’re really making the next Bond movie, ”he recalled.
Gulshan was finalized to play the role of Le Chifre, but ended up excited to tell one of his reporter friends about it and the news splashed in the Daily Mirror. Unfortunately, this appeared before the official announcement was made. It upset the producers who replaced me with Mads Mickelsen, ”he said.
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Last year, in an interview with the Hindustan Times, Gulshan recalled his early fight in Bollywood. “I used to stand outside people’s offices for hours; this was after I became a trained actor. So, integrity and hard work pay off in the end,” he said.
Gulshan, who is known for playing negative roles in films like Ram Lakhan, Avatar, Hera Fairy and Gangster, has also gained weight in the internal-external debate. “I worked hard, but insiders helped me. Shatrughan Sinha gave me a role and Amitabh Bachchan recommended me for a film,” he said, adding that although at first it was ‘Easy Is Easy’, the audience would decide to star someone.