Denis Villeneuve says he turned down directing Bond 25 to do his ‘dream project’

The 'Blade Runner 2049' director had talks about joining the iconic spy franchise

Denis Villeneuve has revealed he has turned down directing Bond 25 so he can work on his “dream project”.

The Blade Runner 2049 director had previously said it would be a “deep pleasure” to work on the long-running spy movie franchise.

However, in a new interview with Screen Daily, Villeneuve said that he had ultimately decided to end talks with producer Barbara Broccoli to helm the upcoming Bond film. “I said to Barbara, ‘I would love to work with you and with Daniel [Craig], but I’m engaged’,” he said. “I will love to do it, honestly.

“I’m a spoiled filmmaker right now,” he continued. “I think Daniel Craig is a fantastic actor and I would like to, but several months ago I came into do Dune, and I engaged myself. I committed myself and I’m someone that doesn’t step back.”

Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve with Sylvia Hoeks

He added that when he had been asked to direct Dune, an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name, he had accepted straight away. Describing it as a “project that I’m dreaming to do for 30 years”, he said: “I want to honour that. It doesn’t mean the movie will happen, maybe in six months it will – and Bond is an old fantasy of mine, but I can’t be in two places at the same time. It’s a strange year because I would love to do a James Bond. I need to focus.”

Bond 25 has already been confirmed for release on November 8, 2019. Daniel Craig will return to the titular role, despite speculation that Spectre could be his last turn as Bond.