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LONDON – Oscar winner and London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony director Danny Boyle has dismissed speculation that he could direct a James Bond film.
Boyle ruled himself out during an interview with BBC Radio 4’s arts program Front Row.
The speculation began building after Boyle’s Olympics extravaganza that included a film segment where Daniel Craig as 007 met the Queen at Buckingham Palace before a pair of stunt doubles dressed as Bond and the British monarch parachuted into the stadium for the rest of the show.
Boyle managing to persuade the Queen to appear in the segment was widely regarded as a coup for the Olympics’ team and the show itself.
Responding to a question on the radio show on whether or not he could direct a full-length Bond movie, Boyle replied: “No, I’m not very good with huge amounts of money.”
The filmmaker was talking from the BBC’s Salford’s MediaCityU.K. complex as he turned on a neon artwork he has designed.
Front Row asked him to choose a word to be lit in neon on top of the BBC’s headquarters with the filmmaker picking the word “wonder” after Isles of Wonder, the title of the Olympic opening ceremony.
Boyle told interviewer Mark Lawson that his experience of directing The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, had put him off making movies with big budgets.
“Don’t trust me with huge amounts of money anybody,” he said. “I did a film, The Beach, which was a proper Hollywood scale budget and it didn’t suit me.
“Certain people can handle that and I love watching those kinds of films, but I’m much better with a smaller amount of money and trying to make it go a long way,” Boyle said.
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