An article in the Indian Express has quoted veteran actor Prem Chopra saying that in 1974, Bollywood’s reigning superstar Rajesh Khanna was roped in to play the role of the Indian James Bond in Narendra Bedi’s film 007, which was shelved after a few days of shooting.
Prem Chopra, who was part of the 007 cast, told the paper that “007 was a very interesting film. I have no clue why it got shelved. It had Rajesh Khanna playing desi Bond, and I was supposed to the villain. Both of us worked on 25 films together, and 20 of them were superhits.”
“This film deserved to do well too, but nonetheless, all I remember is that Rajesh Khanna was a superstar and he was great in this film. I had a wonderful time working with him and Narinder ji in 007.”