But, in all fairness, where did MGM find Carey Lowell? Her biggest roles to date had been in straight-to-VHS, B-list fare such as Dangerously Close and Down Twisted, not to mention a comedy with Griffin Dunne about a man who has a talking penis. Would Brigitte Nielsen really have been that much of a stretch back in 1988? I don't think so. In fact, I could easily imagine her wielding that shotgun a bit more convincingly than Lowell did.
Well, at least Lowell was arguably a "star" on her way up as opposed to on her way down. I also wonder why the Danish Ms Nielsen would have been in the frame to play the all-American Ms
And, knowing Eon (which I don't - I mean, knowing them as a longstanding Bond fanboy), I doubt that they'd have wanted someone "tainted" by her association with Stallone (and, if memory serves, other tabloid scandals, fabricated or otherwise - she was hardly ever out of the News of the World
in those days) to be their leading lady in LICENCE TO KILL. They don't pick "controversial" people - read your own words on Whitney, and also remember Amy Winehouse and QUANTUM OF SOLACE.
ETA: Wasn't Salma Hayek supposed to have been considered for Jinx? That sounds believable.