Benedict Cumberbatch talks disastrous James Bond audition and tears at the Star Trek premiere


Benedict Cumberbatch has spilled the beans on his disastrous James Bond audition in a recent interview with David Letterman. He even went on to talk about tears on the Star Trek red carpet.

In a recent interview with David Letterman on his Late Show, Cumberbatch opened up about his failed James Bond video game audition – after he turned up in casual wear and started jumping around the room like a hyperactive 5 year old.

He said: “When I got to the audition, there were men in their 40s in full dinner jackets. So I go in in casual wear and I thought, ‘I’ll shake it up’, thinking there’ll be lots of movement and action because it’s a Bond character.

“So, I started to throw myself around the room and over the sofas and doing lots of Walther PPK poses… and that’s not a euphemism. And I didn’t get a call, I’m still waiting. It didn’t go well”.


However, when one door closes (or slams shut in this case) another one opens – I bet they never thought he’d have a role in a Star Trek movie.

Speaking of which, the Sherlock star has opened up about how he had a few tears on the red carpet of the Star Trek: Into Darkness premiere.

The star who plays John Harrison in the sci-fi movie admitted he became a tad overwhelmed on the red carpet when he heard his co-stars talking highly of him – dry your eyes, mate!

He said: “When I heard them saying nice things on the red carpet… that was the thing that really struck [me] to my core, and it got to a point – it was like a tipping point, I’d say – where I was signing something [and] I heard Zachary [Quinto] saying something very complimentary about me and I started to cry.


“I was looking down and signing and this fan said, ‘Are you okay?’ I said, ‘Yeah, it’s really windy out here, my eyes are stinging’”.

It seems the feelings are mutual between Cumberbatch and his fellow actors, as he dished out the praise in their direction by the bucket load.

“The thing that really moved me, actually, was the new family that I have in this franchise, who I’m surrounded with. You really are only as good as the people you work with and I couldn’t have wished for a more welcoming and talented bunch of people.


“I was awestruck when I first met them [Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto] filled those incredibly huge, iconic shoes, so superlatively in [the first film]. I really am in awe – and they’re contemporaries”.

Star Trek: Into Darkness is in cinemas now.