You thought we were done with the list of things that Bowie rejected, from a Coldplay song to Red Hot Chili Peppers’multiple offers, but the HitFix has published a list of everything he has turned down and it is a long one. What can I say, Bowie had standards, he never sold out, he certainly didn’t need to but this is a rare thing these days.
Bowie was offered to sing in American Idol and the X Factor multiple times, of course he always turned both shows down, that would have been so cheap!
He also had many cinematic offers: he said no to Danny Boyle who wanted to use his songs in a musical movie about the singer’s life… director Todd Haynes got the same answer when he asked Bowie if he could use his music for ‘Velvet Goldmine’, a movie centered on a fictional Bowie-esque glam rock star. Bowie said no to the role played by Christopher Walken in ‘A View to a Kill’ the 1985 James Bond movie.
TV-wise Bowie also declined writing music for Doctor Who, a long-running British sci-fi series, and refused an invitation by Jemaine Clement who wanted him to play himself in a dream sequence in the series ‘Fight of the Conchords’.
Bowie also declined an offer to appear at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012, and since we are talking about honors, he also rejected two immense honors, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000, and a knighthood in 2003. ‘I would never have any intention of accepting anything like that. It’s not what I spent my life working for,’ he declared to explain his decision. David Bowie has refused what our current pop rock stars covet the most and there are a lot of chances we will never see that again.