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Steven Spielberg: I’ll Never Direct a James Bond Movie

Submitted by on November 26, 2012 – 11:49 am Comments

Recently, Spielberg told the Daily Mail that he approached the Broccoli family, which has produced the Bond films for 50 years, about directing his own 007 flick. The answer: a resounding negative. “I went to Cubby Broccoli and I asked if I could do one and he said: ‘No,’” Spielberg said. Therefore Spielberg decided to create his own franchise.  ”I’ve never asked again,” he said. “Instead, I made the ‘Indiana Jones’ series”. Interestingly, Spielberg’s current hit, “Lincoln,” is now competing at the box office with the latest Bond installment, “Skyfall.” Asked if he’s seen it, Spielberg said yes. “I’ve seen it once, and I’ll see it a second time,” he said.

Well, not directing a James Bond movie didn’t really affect Spielberg’s equity in any way. Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler’s List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Three of Spielberg’s films—Jaws (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993)—achieved box office records, each becoming the highest-grossing film made at the time. To date, the unadjusted gross of all Spielberg-directed films exceeds $8.5 billion worldwide. Forbes puts Spielberg’s wealth at $3.2 billion. He is considered one of the most popular and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema.

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Spielberg is a contemporary of filmmakers George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, John Milius, and Brian De Palma, collectively known as the “Movie Brats”. Aside from his principal role as a director, Spielberg has acted as a producer for a considerable number of films, including early hits for Joe Dante and Robert Zemeckis. In 2005, Steven Spielberg was rated the greatest film director of all time by Empire Magazine. In 1997 a Wall Street sell-side analyst said “There are only two brand names in the business: Disney and Spielberg”.

Some of Spielberg’s most famous fans include film legends Robert Aldrich, Ingmar Bergman, Werner Herzog, Stanley Kubrick, David Lean, Sidney Lumet, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese, Francois Truffaut, David Lynch and Zhang Yimou. After watching the unconventional, off-center camera techniques of Jaws, Alfred Hitchcock praised “young Spielberg,” saying “He’s the first one of us who doesn’t see the proscenium arch.” Or, to paraphrase, he was the first mainstream director to think outside the visual dynamics of the theater. In retrospect, Spielberg not directing a James Bond movie is more of loss for James Bond, than it is for Spielberg.

Nigel Owen

Nigel is a graduate from Birmingham University, Nigel has worked for about 8 years in the banking industry, until one day he discovered his passion for writing. It basically gives him the opportunity to enlighten himself about subjects and things that he normally might not come across.

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