Steven Spielberg Praises SKYFALL, Wanted To Direct James Bond

Steven Spielberg Praises SKYFALL, Wanted To Direct James Bond

Acclaimed director Steven Spielberg talks about being turned down for James Bond and what he thinks of Sam Mendes' Skyfall. Would you like to see the director of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jaws direct a James Bond film?

We can put James Bond next to Star Wars on the list of film franchises that Spielberg wanted to direct but was unable to work out the details. While promoting Lincoln, the director was asked about the latest James Bond outing currently dominating the domestic and international box office.

"I went to Cubby Broccoli and I asked if I could do [a James Bond film] and he said, 'No'. "I've never asked again. Instead, I made the Indiana Jones series." And what does he think of the latest James Bond film, Skyfall directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig? "I've seen it once and I'll see it a second time."

Pretty hefty praise, all things considered. Do you think Spielberg's directorial style would mesh well with the intrigue and misdirection of James Bond? It all worked out though I suppose, if Broccoli had said yes, we might not have any Indiana Jones films.

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DaenerysTargaryen - 11/24/2012, 6:44 AM
Well get in line. Somewhere behind Nolan
jimoakley666 - 11/24/2012, 6:47 AM
Maybe. Certainly when he was doing the Raiders movies. Although, I think the Berg's current style would give us a more Daniel Craig era movie. More gritty. If he approached it more like Munich and less like Kingdom Of The Crystal Scull then that would be a cracking movie. And he has form from working with Craig (again, Munich).
UrbanKnight - 11/24/2012, 7:03 AM
Id be down with that. Although I suspect they'd prefer a big British or European director.
sameoldthing - 11/24/2012, 7:09 AM
Spielberg can handle any type of movie..hes a master filmmaker.
I agree with him,I saw Skyfall once & will see it a second time.
subzero1077 - 11/24/2012, 7:10 AM
All for it!
Alphaman06 - 11/24/2012, 7:11 AM
@ClaireLannister2016 please get off of Nolan's Dick... He will [frick] up the franchise...
thalidomide - 11/24/2012, 7:23 AM

Show some respect bro, she's not a Nolanite.
charlie2094 - 11/24/2012, 7:23 AM
@ Alphaman06

Jeez, way to over-react. Do you react this way when anyone even mentions Nolan's name? I think all she mean't was that Nolan has also, expressed interest in directing a Bond flick. Besides, all his films thus far has been great, he completely reinvigorated Batman and the CBM genre in general, so what reason is there to say he'd "frick" it up? I saw Skyfall and very much imagine that's what a Nolan Bond film would look like - quite serious, good doses of humour, well developed villain etc. I really can't think of anyone else better qualified to handle a Bond flick.
UrbanKnight - 11/24/2012, 7:24 AM
Well the Bond producers disagree with you. Nolan would probably get the gig before Spielberg.
jessepostal - 11/24/2012, 7:34 AM
Wow claire, I think you have some admirers :)
jessepostal - 11/24/2012, 7:36 AM
So if he said yes to Spielberg, he would have made the first Timothy dalton bond movie?? Can't think of the name of that one
Preston - 11/24/2012, 8:09 AM

Spielberg need to direct STAR WARS:

Star Wars

In Claire's defence, and I openly hate Nolanites, Nolan made BATMAN into Bond, so imagine what he could do if he actually was using Bond instead of BATMAN. Now, while Nolan is a great director, he needs to stay away from Hack writers like Goyer; Goyer contaminates everything he touches in a bad way.

rocky - 11/24/2012, 8:39 AM
Of course he'd have to line up behind Nolan because these scumbag brits don't want any American to play Bond or direct it.

The only American director was the one behing Never Say Never because that film was produced outside the normal continuity and producers of the Bond film.

[frick] BOND
rocky - 11/24/2012, 8:45 AM
And as a matter of fact only one director outside of the brit commonwealth has ever directed a Bond film. Talk about a bunch of open minded cock sucking wankers
Scooby - 11/24/2012, 8:51 AM
Right . . . dude, you have the Oscar sweep movie of the year, this is going to be your third Oscar for best director . . . still talking about being turned down for Bond? C'mon now.
Bark4Soul - 11/24/2012, 9:19 AM
I like stories like these, obviously most 007 film's are successful, Spiels coulda probably made a great 007, but I want him to do one now, not in the 80's.
CaptainAmerica31 - 11/24/2012, 9:28 AM would Nolan [frick] it up if Skyfall was heavily inspired by his directorial style and movie TDK?
CaptainAmerica31 - 11/24/2012, 9:45 AM
I think Goyer is a great writer
Nubase - 11/24/2012, 10:07 AM
Nolan will direct a bond movie, after attracting a top director like mendes the only logical choice next will be Nolan.

l thnk some people on this site who has negative views on Nolan should just give it a rest and move on, Nolan made a great batman trilogy and will move on to make more great movies and a Bond movie will be one of them.

Nolan has stated he wishes to direct one and it would not surprise me if the Broccoli hired him next cos remember he is british as well and the Broccolis always tend to go for british directors for bond movies.
jimpinto24 - 11/24/2012, 10:09 AM
Steven Spielberg is a great film director. I think he would have done a great job directing a Bond film.
AutobotCommander84 - 11/24/2012, 10:11 AM
I wouldn't mind seeing Sam Mendes getting another crack at at least another film. But if I had to choose a big-name director to direct the next James Bond, it'd be Chris Nolan.
Bread - 11/24/2012, 10:32 AM
a Nolan Bond would be VERY interesting

and if he reuses his actors again, that means we might see Bale as a Bond villain. That would be GREAT!
Mego - 11/24/2012, 10:47 AM
Its been long known Spielberg wanted to direct Bond. According to Roger Moore, he told 'Cubby' Broccoli that Spielberg wanted to do a Bond and Broccoli thought Spielberg would want a percentage of the box office.

Its one thing for Spielberg to say he liked Skyfall but to say he'll "watch it again" is a pretty huge compliment.
FrozenJoy - 11/24/2012, 10:49 AM
Yes to Spielberg. No to NOlan.
95 - 11/24/2012, 10:53 AM

Whoa, whoa, hold up... Goyer a "HACK writer"? He wrote the entirety of Batman Begins, which many call the closest adaptation to the comics (at least in that trilogy). He's also wrote Man Of Steel, and judging by the Jor-El's and Pa Kent's dialogue in the teaser trailer, I'd say: he did a great job. Warner Brothers likes him enough to get him involved with Godzilla. And lastly: he wrote Blade. Besides Trinity (which he directed) people have good things to say about the trilogy. David Goyer may be a HACK director, but I wouldn't call him a "HACK writer".
Mego - 11/24/2012, 10:54 AM
@SuspenseSmith Up until I saw TDKR I looked at Nolan as the next Spielberg and I made it known here when I vigorously defended him while others attacked him.
After seeing TDKR, I honestly dread seeing another Nolan film. Watching TDKR was like walking through desert with no water.
95 - 11/24/2012, 10:57 AM
Christopher Nolan and Syncopy wouldn't leave Warner Brothers, would they? He'd do a good job with 007 but I'm not waiting on it. Keep Sam Mendes around, Skyfall sets the franchise on a better footing than Casino Royale... makes me want to watch all of the 007 films I missed (I caught most of the references).
Mego - 11/24/2012, 11:01 AM
@Preston To me Nolan turned Batman into Kick-Ass. The parallels to the 1st Kick-Ass are pretty close. Guy dresses up as a superhero, guy gets the holy sh!t kicked out of him in every conceivable way.
If you think about it, Bane, Talia, The Joker, Two-Face, were like schools bullies and Batman was the nerd they picked on. They kicked his ass, took his girl, stole his lunch and his whole freaking company, Talia screwed him, they made him hide inside his house for 8 years and beat the hell out of him when he came out.
He had to fake his own death just to get out of town and to escape more beatings.
Mego - 11/24/2012, 11:25 AM
@SuspenseSmith To be fair, Indy 4 sucked because of the EGO-BLOB known as George Lucas.
Spielberg did not like the original story Lucas wrote with aliens and he tried to get Lucas to change it. Lucas changed it to interdimensional Aliens.
Spielberg's most ill advised film AFTER he became a big director was '1941'. Though 'Hook' and 'Lost World' were wastes of his time and beneath him.
But I think his worst film that I've seen was 'War Of The Worlds'. It failed on many levels.
TheStranger - 11/24/2012, 11:38 AM
Let him!
StSharp - 11/24/2012, 12:12 PM
Nolan and Spielberg would both do a fine job. Stop hating Nolan because you didnt particularly love TDKR, if youve seen his other films you know hes a masterful storyteller so quit bitcing.
And Spielberg has proven himself to be one of the most important filmakers of any era so I say both would be good options.
StSharp - 11/24/2012, 12:15 PM
@SuspenseSmith You are absolutely right! For some reason the fans have turned on Nolan like he made the worst film ever, but he didnt! They were just dissapointed that it wasnt "perfect" but thats such a waste of time. Nolan is still a great director/writer as a whole.
And Spielberg still has it!
SwingsetKnight - 11/24/2012, 1:01 PM
@ 95: Goyer's enjoyed more success in recent years, but we should note that while he had creative input on the storylines, he was not in fact the major screenwriter for either TDK or TDKR. We should also note that apart from the batman movies and Dark City, he has never been associated with a film that got a fresh rating from rottentomatoes. His other notable contributions to popular culture include the second Ghost Rider film, Blade Trinity, and Jumper.

Finally, shouldn't everyone be aware by now that most of the complaints raised about Nolan's batman films have nothing to do with the direction or acting, but instead with plot holes, clumsy exposition, and narrative tone (in a word, writing)?

So...yeah. I really hope Man of Steel is good too. Hard to tell on the basis of a couple clips, but I hope so...I am a little concerned, though, that Snyder may have to succeed in spite of Goyer...
thewonderer - 11/24/2012, 1:04 PM
People here don't even hate Nolan for anything he did

They hate him for the sheer fact of making CBM movies not like marvels. Sad
DTor91 - 11/24/2012, 1:25 PM
Alphaman06 is a pansy. Direct anything close to what Nolan has achieved and then have something to say.

Just mention the name Nolan here and it becomes a war. People here are sad and pathetic.
BillyBatson1000 - 11/24/2012, 1:31 PM
Spielberg has made some of the greatest films ever, not just for box office figures, but for film culture. However, having sat through Indie 4 I wouldn't let him direct the next Muppet movie. He needs to get back to the muse that inspired him and leave CGI at the door. I know he will return to top form again. No director has a 100% batting average.
Gose - 11/24/2012, 1:53 PM
The Original NICK FURY agent of SHIELD is what Spielberg should direct ...
95 - 11/24/2012, 2:12 PM

Looking back at the films he wrote, were the directors any good? And what happened when he was paired with outstanding directors? Keep in my mind, he wasn't the sole writer of some of those films (Jumper, Spirit Of Vengeance). David Goyer is not a bad writer, he forms enduring plots and profound themes (you know... kind of what is expected from a screenwriter). Many times, he works with third tier (or lower) material (Ghost Rider? Blade?).
datNAMEtho - 11/24/2012, 2:48 PM
I hope Steven does it someday!
Robert - 11/24/2012, 3:14 PM
I think Spielberg would do a great job on a James Bond movie. It's been awhile since he requested to do a bond film. Now he's a seasoned veteran director.
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