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Boyle plays down talk of knighthood

FILMMAKER Danny Boyle has dismissed suggestions he could be knighted for his spectacular Olympic opening ceremony, claiming he is an "equal citizen".

The Slumdog Millionaire director, 56, has been tipped for the honour in the New Year Honours List following his triumphant success with the £27 million production, which kicked off London 2012.

However, he said: "I'm very proud to be an equal citizen and I think that's what the opening ceremony was actually about."

The Oscar-winning filmmaker also said he would not take on the challenge of directing a Bond film, despite featuring Daniel Craig as 007 and even a show-stealing performance from the Queen in a sketch during the opening ceremony.

Asked whether he would consider a full-length Bond movie, he said: "No, I'm not very good with huge amounts of money. I've learnt that. Don't trust me with huge amounts of money.

"I did a film The Beach (starring Leonardo DiCaprio), which was a proper Hollywood-scale budget, and it didn't suit me.

"Certain people can handle that and I love watching those kind of films. I'm much better with a small amount of money and making it go a long way."

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