Yes, you read that right. It’s hard to imagine what the James Bond franchise honchos were thinking, especially considering that the last time they let a filmmaker do something a bit different with the series the result was the disastrous Quantum Of Solace, but, according to The Telegraph, Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson asked Nicolas Winding Refn the maverick director of Drive and Only God Forgives to direct Spectre before Sam Mendes agreed to come back. Unsurprisingly, Refn turned them down because he prefers to set up and make his own projects.
“I just know this way I can do whatever I want, and that outweighs any money anyone can give me”.
He does seem to have got the spy movie bug though, his next project now The Neon Demon is due to hit UK cinemas this Friday being an espionage thriller called The Avenging Silence which is written by….007 screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. I’m certainly interested to see how he handles this genre.