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Danny Boyle rules out James Bond movie

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Image caption Danny Boyle designed and unveiled an artwork for BBC Radio 4's Front Row

Film-maker Danny Boyle has dismissed speculation that he could direct a James Bond film after the appearance of 007 in his Olympic opening ceremony.

James Bond actor Daniel Craig filmed a segment with The Queen for the ceremony, which Boyle co-ordinated.

But asked on BBC Radio 4's Front Row whether he could direct a full-length Bond movie, Boyle replied: "No, I'm not very good with huge amounts of money."

He was speaking in Salford as he turned on a neon artwork he had designed.

Front Row asked him to choose a word to be lit in neon on top of the BBC's Salford's MediaCityUK complex. Boyle chose the word "wonder" after Isles of Wonder, the title of the opening ceremony.

Boyle told interviewer Mark Lawson that his experience of directing The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, had put him off making movies with big budgets.

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Media captionDanny Boyle talks to Front Row's Mark Lawson about why he will never direct a Bond film.

"Don't trust me with huge amounts of money anybody," he said. "I did a film, The Beach, which was a proper Hollywood scale budget and it didn't suit me.

"Certain people can handle that and I love watching those kinds of films, but I'm much better with a smaller amount of money and trying to make it go a long way."

Speculation about a future Bond film surfaced after Boyle pulled off a coup by persuading The Queen to act with Daniel Craig in one of the highlights of the opening ceremony.

Boyle's previous films include Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire and he is currently editing his next production, Trance, a thriller starring James McAvoy, which is due to be released next spring.

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