Dirty Harry in tights? How about 'The Man With No Name' in a tux sipping a vodka martini?
That's what could have happened, according to L.A. Times journalist Geoff Boucher. During a three-hour interview with the reporter, Clint Eastwood let it slip that he could have played both Superman and 007, but turned the roles down.
Unlike today, where every third flick seems to have been culled from the pages of comic books, superhero movies were then seen as box-office poison. Eastwood was concerned of being typecast as a caped crime fighter. "I always liked characters that were more grounded in reality," he said.
When "Superman" did eventually hit the silver screen in 1978, starring a then unknown Christopher Reeve, Eastwood found himself starring opposite a smart aleck orangutan in "Every Which Way but Loose."
A few years earlier, Eastwood was approached by a representative of the Broccoli family, who produced the 007 series. Desperate to find a replacement for Sean Connery, they thought that Eastwood might be the person they sought. He disagreed.