Film-maker Michael Winner regrets making several bad decisions which cost him the chance of becoming one of the most successful directors in Hollywood.

British Winner scored some huge hits in the 1970s, including vigilante classic Death Wish and THE SENTINEL, but subsequently turned down offers to direct The French Connection, the 1976 King Kong remake and a James Bond movie - jobs he realises would have enriched his career and lifestyle had he accepted them.

The 68-year-old says, "I've got hundreds of regrets, but you can't dwell on them. Those mistakes would've given me a far more successful career and millions more pounds, but you can't worry about it.

"I've had a very good ride. The fact that I could've been in a slightly more comfortable seat, with a slightly better view, is irrelevant because the ride I've had has been sensational."

24/09/2004 09:04