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Sunday 24 May 2015

Danny Boyle: I wouldn't do Bond

Danny Boyle reckons he's had his Bond moment
Danny Boyle reckons he's had his Bond moment

Danny Boyle has ruled himself out of directing the next James Bond film as he feels he has already had his Bond moment.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker was creative director of the opening ceremony for the London Olympics 2012, which featured current 007 Daniel Craig jumping out of a helicopter with the Queen.

Boyle said at the premiere of his new film Trance: "We did a sort of mini Bond film already, in the Olympics."

And the director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire admitted he wouldn't want the constraints of working on a big franchise.

He added: "It's not for me. I like working under the radar a bit more, so you can take risks.

"As we do with this film [Trance] and the perception of the characters - who's the antagonist, who's the protagonist - it keeps changing in this film. And I love that freedom."

Trance - starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel - tells the story of a fine art auctioneer who gets caught up in a robbery and has to enlist the help of a hypnotherapist when he loses his memory along with a priceless painting.

The film is set in London, which meant a lot to Boyle.

He said: "I love filming here. I live here and it's a city I think I know, but there's always bits of it you don't. So going out and finding a location for a film is fantastic because you discover new parts. So it's very special to have the privilege of working here again."

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