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Quentin Tarantino almost directed Casino Royale, with Pierce Brosnan as 007

Producers told Tarantino that his vision was “unfilmable.”

Casino Royale marked the beginning of a new era for the James Bond film franchise. Director Martin Campbell introduced Daniel Craig as a refreshingly rough-around-the-edges version of 007. But in an alternative universe, we would have seen an even more unconventional take on Ian Fleming’s iconic creation. Before Casino Royale went into production, the ever-eccentric Quentin Tarantino expressed an interest in directing an adaptation of the story, starring Pierce Brosnan.

In a 2004 interview with BBC, Tarantino revealed how he would plan to approach the spy movie.

“I’ve always wanted to do it. I bumped into Pierce Brosnan and we talked about it. He liked the idea…I would like to do the original book Casino Royale and do it more or less the way the Ian Fleming book is.”

Quentin Tarantino claims producers told him his vision was “unfilmable” but almost immediately revisited the idea for a Casino Royale adaption without his involvement once the director’s comments about the potential project sparked much public interest.

For years, Tarantino refused to see the film, having felt backstabbed by Eon Productions. “I never saw Casino Royale because I was so mad at those guys.”

It is hard to imagine just how vulgar and violent James Bond could have been with Tarantino behind the lens.

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