This season has been great for anyone who is a fan of James Bond or anyone whose favorite U.S. President was number sixteen himself, Abe Lincoln as both Skyfall and Lincoln have opened within weeks of each other. But did you know there was a moment in history when they could have collided? There was once a time when Steven Spielberg didn’t control Hollywood (AI notwithstanding). I know, it seems crazy, right? But no, he was simply a director for hire and even though he had the brash confidence of a high school quarterback, it didn’t mean that he always got his own way.
While out promoting Lincoln, Spielberg made it clear that he always wanted to direct his own Bond film and went so far as to meet with the head honcho of Eon productions himself. “I went to Cubby Broccoli and I asked if I could do one and he: ‘No’.” What a cretin!
Instead, Spielberg went on to make the Indiana Jones series, so at least we can be grateful for that. What a Spielberg Bond movie would’ve looked like is anyone’s guess (though now it would probably star Shia Labeouf and contain a fridge being nuked). Anyway, here are 5 other Bond movies that were almost made!