Lots of actors were sounded out about taking over from Moore. Sam Neill and Charles Dance were in the frame at one point. Joel Silver considered trying to take over the franchise in the 80's, but with Mel Gibson in the main role.
The history of people who had near misses with Bond is fascinating.
I'm inclined to agree. I would have to be convinced.
Which is ironic given the original Mission Impossible show was largely plot driven. The characters were fairly interchangable (between Dan Briggs and Jim Phelps or Rollin Hand and The Great Paris).