Steven Soderbergh Reveals He Almost Directed A James Bond Film

The Ocean's Eleven director left the project due to creative differences.

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Steven Soderbergh recently shared that he almost directed a James Bond film but ultimately left the project due to creative differences.

There have been several directors attached to James Bond projects in the franchise’s storied history who have eventually walked away. Most recently, Danny Boyle was originally set to direct Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film before exiting with Cary Joji Fukunaga now behind the picture slated for next year. Many have floated Christopher Nolan’s name around as a potential James Bond director, and as it turns out, Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh came even closer to helming a 007 film.

During a recent appearance on Happy Sad Confused podcast, Steven Soderbergh opened up being attached to a James Bond film and revealed the reason why he ended up leaving the project:

“Absolutely, I love that world. We were at odds about some things that were important. We had some great conversations. It was fun to think about, but we just couldn’t… the last ten yards were, we just couldn’t do it, we couldn’t figure it out. Aspects of it have shown up elsewhere. I would say, there are things in Haywire, in terms of its approach to the character, and it’s not a big movie, but there’s a little bit of activity in it. That’s a hint of the kind of attitude I was looking for.”

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Here is the official synopsis for No Time to Die:

Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time to Die stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah.

No Time To Die is now scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on April 2, 2021. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news surrounding the James Bond franchise and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!

Source: Happy Sad Confused

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.