As soon as the latest entry in the 007 franchise has ended, speculation begins about the same few topics:
Who will be the Bond girl?
Who will be the villain?
Who will sing the title theme?
What will the name of the film be?
Who is going to direct it?
It normally takes a long time before we find out which actors will be involved (and even longer to hear a theme song) but the title of the film and the director typically are the first things to be announced.
Right now, things are heating up for potential names to direct the 24th installment. Let's take a look at some of the people being discussed...
Sam Mendes - Lots of rumors have circulated that the Skyfall director would return in a back-to-back directing situation. Some other reports say that he is unable to, but is interested in returning in the future, possibly with #25. Skyfall has been one of the most successful Bond films out there, so it makes sense why Mendes would be a nice choice to give it a second go. I just personally think that David Arnold needs to do the music as that was one of the things I really missed in Skyfall.
Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy) - The second most repeated rumor has revolved around Christopher Nolan taking the helm after Interstellar is in the bag. However, these things are always so conflicted that the truth could be anywhere from "Nolan is definitely doing the next film" to "Nolan won't". Another aspect to this story is that there's a chance Nolan is interested in rebooting the franchise a bit and starting with a new actor after Daniel Craig is too old, so he could theoretically direct #25 or 26 depending upon when the series wants to get a new James Bond. I am ALL for this, 100%, especially if it means we'd have a new Bond that fits in the Dalton-esque mode.
Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Hulk) - I personally don't understand this choice at all and I hope that it doesn't necessarily come to pass, unless I can be proven wrong and the end result would be awesome. Lee strikes me as the type of director that wants to put a stylish twist on what he does and the Bond series doesn't lend itself well to that. Look at what happened with Quantum of Solace. Bond is a formula film and I would really rather not see something from Ang Lee trying to bring a different flavor to it.
Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) - Hooper has two "Oscar-bait" pictures under his belt, so in a negative light, a Bond film seems a bit of a downgrade. In a positive light, it's a fresh change of pace and it could be an exciting challenge. I can't imagine Hooper necessarily doing it, but I wouldn't be opposed to seeing what he could do with a Bond film.
David Yates (Harry Potter) - I don't see this as a likely option, to be frank. Then again, I thought Daniel Craig was definitely not going to get the role of James Bond, so my track record isn't amazing at predicting the Bond series. To me, it just seems like Yates is another name tossed around with no true substance to it.
Shane Black (Iron Man 3) - People seem to be really against this, but I actually think Shane Black would be a great choice. Iron Man 3 in itself felt like a Bond film audition to me and it sold me on the idea of Black taking a shot at the series. Some say he would make it too comedic, but I don't think that's the case. In fact, some comedy needs to be added back into the series as it's a bit too somber at times in my opinion.
Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson) - There are better options out there I think. I need to see more from Refn before I develop specific reasons why I feel this way, but Drive didn't give me the sense that I would like to see that particular director take charge of a Bond film.
Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) - Pass. This is similar to Ang Lee but at the same time I think the film would end up being too long with not enough substance to it. Yes, I said it. Go watch 127 Hours and disagree with me.
Who would you like to see direct the next James Bond movie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
|Bond 24? With pleasure, Eon & Sony. With pleasure.|