Was Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve offered Bond 25? Here’s the truth

Published: January 4, 2018 10:37 am

Here’s why the Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve turned down James Bond 25. He explained, “When Legendary offered me to do Dune, on a silver plate? Related News
A Blade Runner for our timeChristopher Nolan would do a James Bond film if it needed reinventionSylvia Hoeks joins “Blade Runner” sequelHollywood Director Denis Villeneuve, who was a front runner to direct the upcoming Bond movie, has revealed that he could not commit to the movie as he has projects lined up. According to the Independent, the helmer of Blade Runner 2049 has noted that he indeed was approached for Bond 25 to replace outgoing director Sam Mendes, who made Skyfall and Spectre. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App I will love to do it, honestly. “I remember I committed to do Enemy, they came with Prisoners. It doesn’t mean the movie will happen, maybe in six months the movie will – and Bond is an old fantasy of mine, but I can’t be in two places at the same time. Once I commit, I commit,” noted Villeneuve. The Prisoners helmer ultimately chose the upcoming remake of David Lynch’s Dune over Bond, but insists a 007 movie is a “fantasy” of his that he hopes to realise at a later date. I said yes right away. I said, I need to do Enemy first, and I had to break to bend the schedule. I think Daniel Craig is a fantastic actor and I would like to, but several months ago I came for Dune and I engaged myself. I want to honor that. I did the same with Arrival and Blade Runner 2049. I need to focus.”
Bond 25 still has no director. Which was like my dream project that I’m dreaming to do for 30 years? I did Blade Runner, one of my conditions was that I would have time to do Arrival first. I’m a spoiled filmmaker right now. Meanwhile, Christopher Nolan is now considered to be a frontrunner for helming the project. It’s a strange year because I would love to do a James Bond. I committed myself and I’m someone that doesn’t step back.”
The director shared that he always commits to one project at a time and he did the same when he had to helm Blade Runner 2049, while he was busy with Arrival. In an interview given to a leading entertainment website, Villeneuve said, “I said to Barbara [Broccoli], I would love to work with you and with Daniel, but I’m engaged.