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Danny Boyle rules out directing James Bond film

Danny Boyle has ruled himself out of directing the next 007 film stating that he has already made a “mini Bond film already”.

The 55-year-old was the creative director of the Olympic Opening ceremony, which featured James Bond star Daniel Craig jumping out of a helicopter with the Queen.

Danny Boyle has ruled out directing a James Bond film. Credit: PA

Speaking at the premiere of his new film Trance, Boyle revealed that he loves the “freedom” of working without the constraints that accompanies a big franchise like the Bond films.

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

Film company MGM announced yesterday that it expects to release the new James Bond movie within three years, and will announce a new director "soon" after Skyfall film-maker Sam Mendes declined the chance to return.

Danny Boyle: I turned down a knighthood

Filmmaker Danny Boyle has admitted he turned down a knighthood because "it's just not me".

The Oscar winner was in line for the New Year Honours list for his work on the London Olympic opening ceremony.

But the 56-year-old said it did not feel right accepting an individual award when a cast of thousands helped create the show.

The London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony cost £27 million to make Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Speaking to the Radio Times, he said: "You can make these speeches about 'this is everybody's work, blah blah blah'. And you've got to mean it, and I did mean it, and it is true, and it's the only way you can carry on something like that: through the efforts of all the people."

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