When the current Bond, actor Daniel Craig, was first unveiled to the public, there was uproar among some who thought his quirky, rugged good looks were not in keeping with the suave charm of Ian Fleming’s leading character. However, after appearing in two great films, it seems we have warmed to Craig, but how would we feel if Bond suffered from hair loss? Would there be a national outcry? All of the six actors who have so-far played Bond have had hair in the role.
So it may surprise you to know that among the many actors who have auditioned for Bond, and failed to be chosen, is veteran of British theatre, film and television, Sir Michael Gambon. In 1970, Gambon screen-tested for the role but was unaware at the time for which part he was auditioning to play. When he found out, Gambon was shocked and told Bond producer Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoil the traits that made him unsuitable: baldness, teeth “like a horse’s” and “tits like a woman”. Cubby’s deadpan reply was, “So did Sean!”
Action heroes that are bald are more likely to be of the butch, aggressive kind (think Bruce Willis as John McClane in Die Hard, Vin Diesel in The Fast and the Furious). For the time being, it seems that Bond will retain a full head of hair. However, most men of Bond’s age either have or will develop male pattern baldness. By the age of 35, 2 in 5 men will show signs of hair loss, which rises to two-thirds by the age of 60. So how does the handsome spy keep his locks? Perhaps Bond will always be a character who takes time to look after his mane and pops in for his hair loss treatments when he is off duty.
If you are concerned about hair loss, the sooner you have it checked out and treated, the better your chances of maintaining a healthy head of hair for all those leading ladies to admire. The Belgravia Centre offers free consultations with a hair loss specialist. To book an appointment, please call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, if you are unable to make it into the clinic because you are half way round the world fighting off evil villains, then you can always fill out the online diagnostic form for a mail order treatment service.