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Twice I tried to get a Bond film and now they can’t afford me: Spielberg

Filmmaker Stephen Spielberg has revealed that he was turned down to direct a Bond film – not once – but twice.

hollywood Updated: Jul 19, 2016 13:33 IST
Director Steven Spielberg poses for photographers upon his arrival for the premiere of the film The BFG.
Director Steven Spielberg poses for photographers upon his arrival for the premiere of the film The BFG.(AP)

Filmmaker Stephen Spielberg has revealed that he was turned down to direct a Bond film – not once – but twice.

Speaking on The Michael Ball Show on Radio BBC 2, The BFG director revealed that he offered his services to direct a Bond film twice but producers didn’t feel he was right for the part, reported Digital Spy.

“I called Cubby Broccoli (Albert - Barbara’s late father) twice, and after Jaws which was such a huge success I thought, ‘hey people are giving me final cut now.’ “So, I called up Cubby and offered my services but he didn’t think I was right for the part,” Spielberg, 69, said.

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The director tried again after another blockbuster success, but got rejected once again.

“Then even after Close Encounters came out and was a big hit – once again – I tried to get on a Bond film. And they still didn’t think I was right for the part.

“Twice I tried to get on a Bond film and now they can’t afford me. So Barbara (Broccoli), forget it.”

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During the interview, Spielberg was also asked who his next choice for Bond would be. The acclaimed director gave his backing to Luther star Idris Elba, if Daniel Craig retires from the role before the next movie, as suggested previously.

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“If Daniel (Craig) doesn’t continue, I would love to see a Bond of colour for the next Bond movie. If Daniel decides not to come back, Idris would be my first choice.”

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