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Who Should Direct the Next Bond Film?

by Clay Conger 3 May 2013 No Comment E-mail Clay Conger

Sam Mendes, the director of the critically acclaimed “Skyfall,” has said he cannot direct the next Bond movie, which has already spurred conversation about who is next in line. Since the impressive reboot that was “Casino Royale,” fans have come to expect a lot from Bond films, and we’ve seen the choice of director is key. For example, such of what made “Skyfall” great was Mendes’ superb attention to detail, and what made “Quantum of Solace” so confusing and lame was Marc Forster’s poor direction and obsessive nostalgia. So the question is, who’s next?


Quentin Tarantino has publicly expressed interested in directing a Bond film, but is unlikely to do it now since he stated he would only direct it if Pierce Brosnan was Bond and if the movie was in black and white. But considering part of what makes Bond movies great are the colorful settings, and compounded with the fact that Pierce Brosnan is almost old enough to qualify to senior citizenship, we don’t think a Tarantino-directed Bond film is on it’s way any time soon.

On the even stranger side of things, action directors Martin Scorcese and James Cameron have been rumored by some critics to be potential directors for the next Bond. However, this seems especially unlikely since Cameron can’t write dialogue to save his life, and Scorcese would most likely give us a film even longer than the last one.

Martin Campbell, the director of “Casino Royale” and “GoldenEye,” would be a good choice but he is also getting a bit old, making him an unlikely choice for the franchise. Not like it ever stopped Clint Eastwood, but since “Skyfall” was such a success with a new director, it is probable that the studio wants to continue to use new directors, keeping the interpretations fresh. Makes sense. With a new team with a new vision this long-standing series will never truly get outdated.


Ben Affleck shouldn’t do it, Danny Boyle can’t do it, and Christopher Nolan has expressed an interest in the idea but after “Skyfall,” do we really want the series to get even more intense?


My personal vote goes to Guy Ritchie. Having done the cult classic “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels” and the smart and successful “Sherlock Holmes,” Ritchie has proved his prowess as both a writer and director. True, he would need to turn the adrenaline down a bit and put in a bit more subtlety and sexuality, but he’s got enough skills to pull it off. At the very least, the film would rock our faces off.

Agree? Disagree? Let’s leave it to you. Write in the comments below who you think should direct the next 007 movie and what you think of the predictions of THEPOPFIX.

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