Drive’s Nicolas Winding Refn has suggested he turned down the opportunity to direct recent Bond film Spectre because he didn’t want to compromise artistically.

The Danish director is now working on a spy film called The Avenging Silence with longtime Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. When asked by The Telegraph if this is essentially his version of a 007 movie, Refn replied: “Yeah. Yeah. Well, I don’t know yet.”

Though he did not reveal specific details of his meetings with the Bond camp about Spectre, which was eventually directed by Sam Mendes, Refn added: “I just know this way I can do whatever I want, and that outweighs any money anyone can give me.”

Meanwhile, the director has also revealed he is planning to work with Drive and Only God Forgives star Ryan Gosling again. However, when pressed by Metro for further details, he replied: “I can’t tell you that.”

Refn’s latest film The Neon Demon, which stars Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves, opens in UK cinemas this Friday (July 8). (via NME)


A brilliant movie from Nicolas Winding Refn. See it. 

Nicolas Winding Refn´s “Drive” looks solid…

This is more or less the true story of Michael Peterson which had a dream of becoming someone, and one day he decided to rob a post office with a homemade sawn-off shotgun. He was quickly picked up by the police and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, he took the name ‘Charles Bronson,’ and his superstar alter ego, took center stage. He has since become known as Britains most notorious and violent criminal and he still serves time.

Nicolas Winding Refn has finally put out something new that is worth watching. I like his way of thinking visually and how he uses the camera in so many different and interesting ways. He manages to set the mood and feeling as well in a very delicate and simplistic manner. A movie by Nicolas Winding Refn is never boring and that certainly goes for “Bronson”. Tom Hardy is having the time of his life as Charlie Bronson (one thinks immediately of Eric Bana in “Chopper”) and in tag team with Refn we get to see an explosion of visual entertainment about a deranged man that has only one desire and that is to make headlines in all sorts of ways. Yes, Refn has had a look at Kubricks “A Clockwork Orange” one or two times, but that adds to the film I think. Apparently “Bronson” is a mix of fiction and reality and that is maybe the way to go. I felt though that the humour could have been a bit more subtle. The soundtrack was great as well, really liked “Digital Versicolor” by Glass Candy” and “The Electrician” by The Walker Brothers. All in all, a good one from Nicolas Winding Refn and Tom Hardy has put himself on the movie map for sure now. See it!