Steven Spielberg was turned down to direct a James Bond film in the late Seventies.
The award-winning director, who has won Oscars for The Schindler's List and E.T amongst many others, said he was desperate to capture the famous spy on camera, but was knocked back by the producers.
The film-maker said: "I went to Cubby Broccoli and I asked if I could do one and he said: 'No'."
He added: "I've never asked again. Instead, I made the Indiana Jones series."
But the Lincoln director is still a big 007 fan and thinks Sam Mendes has done a great job on the latest film Skyfall.
The movie magician said: "I've seen it once and I'll see it a second time."
Image: © Getty