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Matthew Vaughn: 'I was director of James Bond's Casino Royale for 24 hours'

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Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class's Matthew Vaughn has revealed that he was asked to direct the James Bond film Casino Royale.

Vaughn recently disclosed that he had talks with MGM about reuniting with his Layer Cake star Daniel Craig for the re-launch of the Bond franchise.

Matthew Vaughn

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Matthew Vaughn

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale


"I had a lot of meetings on Casino Royale," he told Empire.

The filmmaker added: "So much so that the head of MGM offered me it. I had a 24-hour period where I thought I was directing Casino Royale."

Vaughn added that it was "a bit of a downer" that the deal was never finalised, with Casino Royale's directing duties instead going to Martin Campbell.

The director is now tackling the spy genre with Kingsman: The Secret Service, starring Colin Firth as a veteran secret agent introducing a young counterpart to the world of espionage.

Colin Firth, Taron Egerton in Kingsman: The Secret Service

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A still image from Kingsman: The Secret Service


Vaughn said of casting Firth as a spy: "I just wanted someone where, when he starts kicking the s**t out of people, you cannot believe it's him."

Kingsman: The Secret Service opens on October 17 in the UK and on October 24 in the US. Watch a trailer below:

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