Broccoli to play James Bond, a role Taylor rejected much to his subsequent regret. It is not hard to imagine Taylor excelling in that role. Like the similarly hairy-chested Sean Connery, Taylor could be both personable and ruthless, suave and brooding. Unlike some of the actors who have played Bond between Connery and Daniel Craig, Taylor, who preferred to do his own stunts, looked and moved as though he really could do the physical stuff required of the character.
There are actors who may not win awards or garner critical accolades but they do win the hearts of cinemagoers who just want to enjoy seeing them on the screen.
Throughout his movie career, Taylor also worked in television and indeed came to the attention of Hollywood after starring as an expatriate American journalist with a taste for adventure in the pot-boiling series Hong Kong In his prime, Flynn was almost impossibly handsome, while Rod Taylor came across as more of a regular guy.
Bright-eyed and with a wide smile held in place by a strong jaw, there is an open faced, slightly rough-hewn look about Taylor — a certain down to earth, can-do quality that he seemed to project.
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He was a good-looking bloke, on whom, it seems there were no flies. That easy-going, exportable charisma was there in Paul Hogan in his heyday and you can see it in the screen presence of an actor like Hugh Jackman or the Hemsworth brothers, a combination of mildness and athleticism with an apparent absence of pretension, angst or vanity. Just as there are Australian heterosexual women who go for exotic, sophisticated-seeming men from overseas, so too are there women outside this country attracted to a certain type of relaxed, optimistic and uncomplicated Australian masculinity, or at least the image of it.
Rod Taylor, as noted in Pulling No Punches , in his screen roles seems at ease with women, able to listen and to respond with a natural empathy. There is none of the reticence evident sometimes in the performances of say Gary Cooper or John Wayne. In real life, Wayne apparently was a great mate of Taylor and enjoyed beating him at poker. Not by accident was Taylor early in his Hollywood career cast in romantic comedies co-staring with Doris Day. Hedren, who has spoken publicly of being sexual assaulted by the manipulative Hitchcock , speaks warmly of Taylor as a man and as a fellow actor.
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