Bond 24 – Who’s up for it?
Following Empire Magazine’s recent exclusive about Sam Mendes officially turning down the job of directing Bond 24. We thought we’d have a look at who we think could keep the ship moving in the right direction.
Without a doubt, one of the most exciting feature directors at the moment. After his Shakespearean Thor and the upcoming Jack Ryan movie, he certainly seems to have the chops to handle action and drama in equal measure. Unfortunately, he is working on the upcoming adaptation of Cinderella and he might not have the time to fit in a film as big as Bond 24…But it would be sooooooooo good.
This March’s Trance is one of Boyle’s most thrilling films he’s made in a while (127 Hours got a little bit dull after a while) and his slate’s completely free as well. The character work would be divine and the action would be something a little bit different especially as Bond has been aping Bourne for the last 6 years. However, after his mad 2012 he might want to take a little bit of time off.
Vaughn has nothing on his slate after he departed the new X-Men sequel and didn’t make a move for Star Wars VII even though Pictureshow REALLY wanted him too. His début Layer Cake, was definitely one of the springboards to Craig’s Bond career and could work in Vaughn’s favour too.
Hanna showed us that he has the directorial flair for action movies and Anna Karenina and Atonement definitely show off his skill with set pieces. Wright’s unique visual style and refusal to sacrifice story in favour of action could make him an ideal fit.
The man’s got style coming out of his ears! He could make Bond 24 one of the best looking Bonds in recent memory, and Skyfall wasn’t ugly. Hooper can certainly get to the root of a character and command a cast of thousands. His slate’s free after the mega Les Miserables tour is coming to an end and Hoop could be just the man to steer the behemoth that Bond has become since Skyfall.
Who shouldn’t direct the next Bond Film
He’s been quoted as saying that Inception was his “Bond Film” and after that, we’d prefer him to leave well alone. People will be upset if he doesn’t get the gig, but really we’d prefer that The Dark Knight Rises is his last franchise movie and he focus on original scripts for a little while.
As much as we’ve raved in the past about the idea of QT directing a Bond Movie, and the fact that he expressed an interest years ago, now is definitely not the time for him to attempt it. With the success of Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained pushing him towards doing another historical epic, we’d rather see that than a very very bloody Bond.
We know he’s not even vaguely interested, but we just want to make absolutely clear that we don’t want James Cameron anywhere close to a James Bond film. Frankly, we’d prefer it if he didn’t even see them.
Have you seen Quantum Of Solace? We know it had script issues, but they weren’t the only issue there. World War Z looks to be all over the place as well.