Last year’s Skyfall proved to be not only an incredible entry in the Bond franchise, but a beautiful stand alone action flick filled with countless memorable scenes. A large part of it’s success was credited, and rightly so, to director Sam Mendes, a man many didn’t think had the filmography to make a big budget Bond flick. Well, it worked and we were all excited to have him return for Bond 24. Unfortunately, Mendes is too tied up with prior commitments to sign on for the next 007 installment and will not be returning. Below is a list of six directors who I think can take over the helm of the Bond franchise.
Danny Boyle always has been my choice for a Bond film, even before Sam Mendes. He’s flashy, full of energy, and can tell one hell of a story amid it all. He also utilizes locations wonderfully and seeing as Bond is a traveling man himself, I could only imagine what kinds of places he’d take us. Hell, Bond could make a trip to India and Boyle can recapture the vibrancy he showed off in Slumdog Millionaire. Oh, and if any of the film is set in India, I want Irrfan Khan to be the Bond villain. That guy can act. But, don’t think that it has to go to India. That’s just a thought…
Shane Black is poised to be a hot commodity in Hollywood. He’s directed Iron Man 3, which will be an obvious success, and assuming Marvel doesn’t snag him up for future projects, Black will have so many opportunities to do, kind of, whatever he wants. Besides Iron Man 3, Black only has one other credit as a director- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. That film is more so my reasoning of having him on this list as he was able to recreate an intense, smart, and noir film that you wouldn’t expect to find circa 2005. Sure, we want the Bond franchise to push the limits even further, but if Bond 24 is set to be a bit smaller, tighter, and character-driven, a director who can do both big and small budget films would be the way to go.
Peter Weir is very much like Sam Mendes. His career has been driven by powerful dramas with the occasional flash of action (Master and Commander). Nonetheless, each one of Weir’s outings has proven to be memorable and if MGM wants to reproduce the style (along with the success) of Skyfall, a man like Weir would be perfect for the job.
This one won’t happen in a million years, but dammit could you imagine how crazy a Bond film would be directed by Guy Ritchie? Talk about ridiculous and amazing!
Now before you go on about not wanting to see a Bond movie filmed with a shaky camera, there’s something you have to keep in mind. Paul Greengrass revolutionized the action genre with that technique in Bourne Supremacy and he does it incredibly well. Marc Forster tried to replicate this process for Quantum of Solace, but turned the film into a shaky mess (among other problems). Greengrass has the talent, the eye, and the filmography to make one hell of a Bond film. He’s definitely someone I would highly consider if I was one of the Broccolis.
Who doesn’t love Branagh? He’s an incredible, classically trained actor and his continued foray into the world of directing has become a highlight in his career. 2011′s Thor proved he had the eye for beautiful sequences and he helped bring Asgard to life. This year’s Jack Ryan will showcase his action directing talents even further, and given the success of the film, he may be in even higher demand as well. Plus, can you get anymore classy than Branagh? Hell, he could direct and play the villain.
Matthew Vaughn- Maybe too pulpy for Bond, Vaughn has turned everything he’s touched into gold. He’s also previously worked with Daniel Craig in Layer Cake, a very underrated action-drama (which the Bond movies have become).
Martin Campbell- He did amazing work on Casino Royale and then of course ruined a franchise with Green Lantern. This guy needs a winner and I think his return to Bond would be very welcoming.