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Matthew Vaughn was offered Bond

Matthew Vaughn has revealed that he almost directed Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.

The Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class filmmaker said that he had talks about reuniting with Daniel, who he directed in Layer Cake, for the reboot of the 007 films.

"I had a lot of meetings on Casino Royale, s o much so that the head of MGM offered me it," he told Empire.

"I had a 24-hour period where I thought I was directing Casino Royale."

He said that the experience of not getting the deal finalised was "a bit of a downer", with GoldenEye filmmaker Martin Campbell getting the gig.

The director is now tackling the spy genre with Kingsman: The Secret Service, starring Colin Firth as a veteran secret agent, alongside Sir Michael Caine and Samuel L Jackson.

He said of casting the British actor as a spy: "I just wanted someone where, when he starts kicking the s**t out of people, you cannot believe it's him."

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