Dick Van Dyke explains the hilarious reason he missed out on playing James Bond

There’s no doubt that actor, dancer, singer and nonagenarian Dick Van Dyke is a legend in his own lifetime, thanks to his performances in works such as Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis Murder.

Imagine, if you can, how he might have handled the role of James Bond. As part of a CBS special tribute, Dick Van Dyke: 98 Years of Magic, he spoke to Tracy Smith about his career – ‘revealing’ why he was never 007.

@cbssundaymorning Dick Van Dyke reveals he was asked to play James Bond after Sean Connery left the role — but he had concerns about the accent. #dickvandyke #entertainment #actor #jamesbond #bond #acting #cbssundaymorning #marypoppins ♬ original sound – CBS Sunday Morning

It doesn’t matter if it isn’t true. DVD makes it work. Here’s how TikTok users reacted.

The man is an absolute American treasure.

Class act! Never a scandal. He’s one of the good guys!

98 years old and still going strong!
Christopher Barrass

Spoonful of sugar, shaken not stirred, licence to chimney sweep.

Would have been hilarious if he did his Cockney accent.
tall dude

Chim-chim chereeing the bad guys?

Well, he’s self aware in addition to all his other great traits.
Bill Chott

The goat of all goat.
EG Collins320

We want to see this version of James Bond.

So M is short for Mary Poppins??

Punk from the drain said –

Typing in his name and cockney accent is one giant mess of offensive.

How very true.


Dick Van Dyke owning Piers Morgan is the burn we all need to see right now

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