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Steven Spielberg Says He Offered To Direct A Bond Film In The '70s, But Was Turned Down

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 23, 2012 at 10:02AM

Who would have thought at the beginning of the '70s that the guy who directed "Duel" would emerge ten years later with two the biggest films of the decade under his belt, with "Jaws" and "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind." But looking back, it's also interesting to consider what could have been. While Spielberg no longer has to chase jobs and has scripts coming to him, back then, he was still a filmmaker on the rise looking to make a name for himself. You might recall the budding filmmaker sent a script to the fake movie company the CIA set up for the operation outlined in Ben Affleck's "Argo," and had thinks gone differently, Spielberg would have taken on one biggest franchises of all time.
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Who would have thought at the beginning of the '70s tWho would have thought at the beginning of the '70s that the guy who directed "Duel" would emerge ten years later with two the biggest films of the decade under his belt, with "Jaws" and "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind." But looking back, it's also interesting to consider what could have been. While Spielberg no longer has to chase jobs and has scripts coming to him, back then, he was still a filmmaker on the rise looking to make a name for himself. You might recall the budding filmmaker sent a script to the fake movie company the CIA set up for the operation outlined in Ben Affleck's "Argo," and had things gone differently, Spielberg would have taken on one biggest franchises of all time.

Catching up with the Daily Mail, Spielberg reveals he once offered his services for a James Bond movie. "I went to Cubby Broccoli and I asked if I could do one and he said: 'No’," Spielberg said. And it seems that once bitten is twice shy. "I’ve never asked again. Instead, I made the 'Indiana Jones' series," he shared. 

So, why not call up him up now? Well, time may heal all wounds but it doesn't write checks. Speaking with EW last year during a Q&A for "Super 8," Spielberg recounted the Bond story but added why it's unlikely he'll take it on at this point. "When I first started making movies, the only franchise I cared about and wanted to be part of was James Bond. When I started out as a TV director, my pie-in-the-sky dream was to make a little movie that would get some notoriety, and then [the late Bond series producer] Cubby Broccoli would call me and ask me to direct the next James Bond picture," he said. "But I could never get Cubby Broccoli to hire me—and now, sadly, they can’t afford me."

We'll just have to leave what could have been to our imagination with this one. But what do you think -- would Spielberg have delivered a great Bond movie? Let us know below.

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