James Bond 25: Which major director turned down Daniel Craig to direct DUNE instead?

The latest Bond movie is proving to be as dramatic in production as it will be (hopefully) on the big screen.

The film will mark Daniel Craig’s final outing in the iconic role.

One major director has just revealed he ws tempted by the chance to work with teh British leading man but still passed on the opportunity.

Sci fi fans will be thrilled to know that the hugely acclaimed director will be working on the reboot of Frank Herbert’s legendary novel Dune, instead.

Canadian director Denis Villeneuve is in huge demand right now.

Although Blade Runner 2049 has had a very disappointing run at the global box office, Villeneuve is still viewed as a visionary talent.

His name was being widely tipped to take on Bond 25 but he has just shot down the reports and explained why.

Villeneuve told The Playlist: “Daniel Craig is a very inspiring actor and I had some contact and the thing is that I’m busy right now doing Dune. But, I will say to have the privilege to work with him it would be a dream.

“I would love to work with Daniel and a Bond movie for me would be a treat. It’s a matter of timing, I guess.”

Timing will not make a Villeneuve-Craig Bond double-act possible since the actor is leaving after the next movie, but the idea of such a creative director taking on the franchise is tantalising.

Bond 25 is widely expected to be based on a previous movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

The recent shock revealtion by Christoph Waltz that he won’t be returning as Blofeld, however, has cast sudden doubt on those reports.

CHristopher Nolan remains a favourite to take up the helm, while Craig is said to be keen for