#AlexOLoughlin Photoshoots Over The Years – With Nicole Cleary in Melbourne (August 2005)

In August 2005 a few newspapers in Australia announced that Alex auditioned for the role of James Bond. We gather that these pictures were taken because the media needed some new pictures of Alex for these reports.

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  • Alex O’Lachlan: Alex recently filmed screen tests for Martin Campbell, who will direct Casino Royale.
  • Popularity: Starred in the Oyster Farmer, he is a good actor and a great looker. And he’s excited about the possibility of playing 007, saying: I’m spinning out of my brain about it …. Picture it. Pictureit! It’s James Bond, need I say more?”
  • Licensed to thrill?: Alex has a huge female fan club which will only increase if he wins the role of the dashing James Bond.

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According to our knowledge, these pictures were taken at the docklands in Melbourne by photographer Nicole Clearly, who was working for the news agents at the time.

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Article scan from Daily Telegraph:

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00-Heaven for Aussie in line for Bond 

by Michael Bodey

For The Daily Telegraph

8 August 2005

Yet another Australian is being mooted as the next James Bond. But this time it’s for real.

Alex O’Lachlan is one of four actors who auditioned for cinema’s best known role in England last month.

“I’m spinning out of my brain about it,” the 28-year-old star of The Oyster Farmer told The Daily Telegraph.

“I flew to London, stayed on Picadilly and was looked after beautifully. [I was] fitted out at Hugo Boss for a tuxedo, had my hair cut and filmed two scenes.”

O’Lachlan was up against ER’s Goran Visnjic, Henry Cavill and Scotsman Ewan Stewart, 47. They filmed a series of screen tests at the Pinewood studios for Martin Campbell who directed Golden Eye, and will helm the next film, Casino Royale.

Australians Eric Bana, Hugh Jackman and Nip/Tuck star Julian McMahon had previously been mentioned as possible contenders for the role, although only McMahon was seriously approached.

O’Lachlan said:

“The reality is I may not get the role, which is the conundrum for all actors, but at the end of the day, I’m incredibly grateful just to be considered.”

Producers of the Bond franchise are looking for a relatively unkown actor who can take over the role from Pierce Brosnan.

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(My guess would be that it was shortly after 14 October 2005, when Daniel was announced as Bond)

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Secret Agents

Now that blond Daniel Craig has been confirmed as the new James Bond, it’s time to clear up rumours about Aussie casting for the part.

Neither Eric Bana nor Hugh Jackman auditioned for the iconic role. Both were merely floated as possibilities by the film’s publicity-savvy producers.

The two Aussies who did audition for the role in London were Oyster Farmer’s Alex O’Lachlan (pictured) and Somersault star Sam Worthington.

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You can also read more of the short articles in our post about it here:

Alex O’Lachlan Confirms Screentest – August 2005

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23 responses to “#AlexOLoughlin Photoshoots Over The Years – With Nicole Cleary in Melbourne (August 2005)

  1. Tanya Y Long

    I think Alex would make a very Handsome and Dashing Bond.

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  2. JP

    I think it was a big miss, not signings Alex for Bond.

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  3. I can only say: “Their loss.” Alex would have made a wonderful Bond. But who knows, why he didn´t get the role? His life would have panned out differently if he had. In the end they chose a completelly different type for the role in Daniel Craigh. But Alex can indeed be grateful to be considered for such a role. Not many actors can say so. And some time later he did an equally iconic role.

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    • Cassiopea 1000

      I think that Alex looked too young for that role at the time and that’s why he didn’t get it. Now, would he have been a smashing James Bond? No doubt at all. He would have given life to the character. I’m afraid that Daniel Craig (DC’s fans forgive me) was a stone-faced Bond, who didn’t transmit any emotion at all. I had this feeling of “flat interpretation” when I watched the movie, and that was long before I met Alex in H50, so I’m not being biased in this case.

      Now that Alex is a mature man, he would make an unforgettable Bond, at Sean Connery’s level. But well, that’s past history, so let’s move on.

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  4. coby Duijn van

    Pitty he didn’t get the role. He surely would have been the hotest and most handsome OO7. It would have been nice to hear him say; “Bond. James Bond”
    Why did he change his name in O’Loughlin?

    Mahalo and Aloha from the Netherlands

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    • Because O’Loughlin is the correct spelling of his ancestor’s surname.

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      • Really? I though, the correct spelling is “O`Lachlan”? That was how he signed into NIDA. And if you listen to how he pronounced his name back then, O`Lachlan (<>) makes more sense. Although I, stupid word junkie that I am think, the “ch” is actually pronounced like in “Loch Ness”. But English speaking people would probably not be able to pronounce that. Can of course all be wrong.


        • Oops. The blog swallowed a word. It should be: And if you listen to how he pronounced his name back then, O`Lachlan (pronounced ) makes more sense.


          • “O´Locklin” – OH MAN!!! 😦


            • Cassiopea 1000

              OH MAN!!! ? What do you mean? You don’t like O’Locklin? I much prefer it to the “O’Lofflin” I have heard so many times. Though it would be easier for all those who don’t speak English if he had a name like Johnson, Pitt or Anderson. He’d cease to be “Alex the hot guy in Hawaii”. Even Terry O’Quinn is “the bald man in “Lost”, though his name is much easier!

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            • Okay last try and then I´ll stop that silly investigation: Just found out, “O`Loughlin” and “O`Lachlan” seem to be of the same origin. They are kind of equal. So it seems logical to me – if this is true – that Alex is now using “O`Loughlin” since it looks better in print and seems to be better known in the US. If people would only learn how to pronounce it. 🙄​🥱​

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  5. All I have to say is: James Bond desperately needs an actor with at least a second facial expression.
    And I would love to see Alex as the villain in James Bond.
    Another idea: some days ago I stumbled over an old film version of ‘The Count of Monte Christo’. It was bad but made me think it would be an awesome role for Alex. This book had it all. Drama, whump, love, revenge – yet the hero had a kind soul. Would love to see that soooo much!

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    • Cassiopea 1000

      Yeeeees! Definitely yeeeees! FOYeur, whom do we have to approach in Hollywood to make them see that a minishow with Alex as the Count of MC would make them rich, money being the one and only word that can arouse their interest?

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    • When you talked about an old version of ‘The Count of Monte Christo’, My thought was, but it was just made the other day (With Jim Caviezel, GuyPearce & young Henry Cavill).
      When I looked it up, I realised that it was already 20 years ago – time flies.


      • I don’t know about this version, never heard of it. I meant an old french version.
        I would say the book would be better as a mini series, it is too complex for a movie.


        • To me it starts with a vibrant, energized, smitten Will; betrayal makes him a long haired, bearded, revenge plotting, tortured, fighting to survive, dark Steve; then he becomes a mix of Mick and Steve, dark, brooding with a kind heart, helping the right people and taking revenge by giving the betrayers and murderers a choice of what to do.

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          • Yes, that sounds great! (Will, Mick and Steve mode at its best)
            The movie was quite good for me, but as you say to get the whole story, a series would be better.
            I now remember that I have seen the great Gérard Depardieu in that series as well – totally forgot about it.

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            • Yes, Depardieu was Edmont too. I have seen it, but can’t remember me being impressed, 😉
              The version I’ve seen was with Jean Marais, not bad, but it can be done way better. But back in the times they filmed it (1954) it was okay, I think.

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            • Cassiopea 1000

              Gérard Depardieu IS a great actor, but I when I watched the series, I felt he didn’t belong. There was too much Gérard and not enough Edmond. Does that make sense?

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          • Cassiopea 1000

            Edmond Dantes = Will + Mick + Steve all in one… After that, we could spend the rest of lives floating on a little pink cloud. Yes, Alex could do it!

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