Steven Spielberg Was Denied Opportunity To Direct James Bond Films
Spielberg recalls, "I had two meetings with Cubby. One before Jaws... and he said, 'You're not experienced enough to make one of my pictures.' Then, after the success of Jaws, I met again with Cubby - this time over the telephone - and I said, 'I'm ready to do a Bond picture. He said, 'Well, you're still not experienced enough to make one of these.'"
Spielberg felt sure he'd landed his dream job when Broccoli contacted him a third time, but he was just after the director's alien tones. Spielberg explains, "I remember that he called me one day after Close Encounters (Of The Third Kind) came out, and he said, 'I'd like to use the five notes in Moonraker, but I need your permission, they tell me, to get the five notes released. We're gonna do a little homage to Close Encounters when Roger Moore uses the buttons to get into this room.' I immediately gave him permission."
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