Gulshan Grover reveals why ‘Casino Royale’ producers replaced him with Mads Mikkelsen


Popularly known as the “Bad Man” in Indian cinema, veteran actor Gulshan Grover was one of the first Indian artists to gain recognition abroad. With many actors like Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Ali Fazal and many others appearing in popular Hollywood projects, Grover, in a recent interview, spoke of being replaced in the James Bond movie Casino Royale.

In a recent interview with Rediff, Gulshan Grover revealed he was the first choice for the villainous role of Le Chiffre, in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale. However, he lost the role to Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen as producers were angry with him for revealing the details even before the official announcement.

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Recalling the incident, Grover said he ended up sharing the news with a reported friend, who eventually appeared in the Daily Mail when he visited London in 2005. Additionally, Grover even revealed that the cousin of the Prince Charles had also questioned him about his role. Meanwhile, sharing his disappointment at losing the coveted Bond character, Grover said, “Unfortunately, he appeared before an official announcement was made. It shocked the producers, who replaced me with Mads. Mikkelsen. “

While the 66-year-old Indian actor lost the role to Mads Mikkelsen, he still cherishes the gala time he spent with James Bond casting directors Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins in one from Hollywood’s elite nightclubs to Beverly Hills. During this time, Grover delivered several jaw-dropping performances in blockbuster Bollywood films like Hera Pheri, Gangster, Ram Lakhan and many more. And we’ll soon see him alongside Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in Rohit Shetty’s crime drama Sooryavanshi.

On the other hand, Daniel Craig is set to make his final outing as James Bond in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s No Time to Die, which is set to hit Indian theaters on September 30.

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