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WHO KNEW?  Spielberg Rejected Twice to Direct James Bond Movies


Recently, we told our readers that Hollywood icon Steven Spielberg had put his spectacular Monaco yacht charter vessel up for sale.  The Spielberg yacht SEVEN SEAS is scheduled to be replaced with an even larger vessel.

In a, “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” kind of way, we thought it would be fun to look at an interesting tie-in between Spielberg and the James Bond movie franchise. After all, it is obvious Spielberg loves yachts, and most of us are familiar with the correlation of James Bond and fast, luxurious yachts.  In fact, there are several yachts named in honor of Bond films and currently available for private yacht charter  – yachts like OCTOPUSSY and CASINO ROYALE.

James Bond 007 movie The Living Daylights scene on yacht deck - Timothy Dalton - Belle Avery Kell Tyler in black bikini

So, back to the tie-in between Spielberg and Bond:

Did you know that Steven Spielberg Was Twice Rejected to Direct a James Bond Film??!!!

Yep, it’s true.

Spielberg has made no secret of his affinity for the Bond film franchise, and his desire to direct a Bond movie.

It turns out that he had two opportunities to pitch longtime Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli.  On both occasions, Broccoli said NO.

According to Broccoli’s daughter, Barbara (who took over the production reigns after her father’s death), a young, relatively unknown Spielberg made his first directorial pitch to her father early in his career.  Broccoli was impressed by the young director’s passion, but felt he lack the experience to helm a major title like Bond.

Barbara said her father told Spielberg, “Kid, ya gotta get some more films under your belt.

After Spielberg released one of his best-reviewed films, ‘Schindler’s List,’ he sent a letter to Broccoli asking again if he could direct a Bond movie. Barbara says her father once again turned down Spielberg, this time saying, “Now I can’t afford you!

steven spielberg standing behind a podium in front of Schindler's List writing on wall

It’s safe to say things turned out ok for Mr. Spielberg.  He’s directed over a dozen blockbuster films, and  when not in use by Academy Award-winning director and his family, his yacht SEVEN SEAS is available for hire in the Mediterranean at a price of $1.2 million per week…


Interested in a yachting vacation this winter in the warm waters of the Caribbean?  Contact us and tell us your preferences!


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