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14 Possible Directors For Bond 24
Our pick of possible replacements for Sam Mendes

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14 Possible Directors For Bond 24 | Joe Wright
Joe Wright

London’s Donmar Theatre isn’t a bad place to pick up a Bond director these days. Joe Wright, like Sam Mendes before him, is overseeing the theatre’s board-treaders now with a production on Trelawny Of The Wells, but should be free to take the reins later this year if the cards fall that way. Neatly mirroring Mendes’ gift for the intimate and the spectacular, Wright has shown himself adept at both in a career that’s stretched from Pride & Prejudice to Anna Karenina, via Hanna and Atonement.

Another of Wright’s virtuoso tracking shots, perhaps of Daniel Craig trying to find the MI6 canteen, would cement a place in Bond lore. And like Mendes and Nolan, Anna Karenina saw Wright officially join the “driving-trains-through-things” club – in a manner of speaking. What’s more, he could probably steal Keira Knightley away from Jack Ryan and make her quite an interesting Bond girl.
 

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21 Good list
Kathryn Bigelow is an inspired choice...and where oh where is Martin Campbell...best go-to Bond director of the last 20 years...much like Guy Hamilton back in the day...Martin Campbell made GoldenEye and Casino Royale...he deserves a 3rd Bond film. More

Posted by ronniem on Thursday March 7, 2013, 10:24

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Jones has World Of Warcraft, alas... More

Posted by Ali Plumb on Thursday March 7, 2013, 09:32

23 We're missing the best choice...
Michael Bay. Boom More

Posted by Killjoy_Gee on Thursday March 7, 2013, 08:39

24 You left out Martin Campbell
"...if you’re looking for a homegrown director who’s an action expert and more than familiar with telling a spy story" -don't hire Paul Greengrass. Seriously, Empire needs to stop gagging on that guy's knob. He has done more to ruin action cinema in the past ten years than any other hack I could think of. He's had a very damaging influence, bringing around this 'chaos cinema' nonsense we're still suffering through. More

Posted by Garth_Marenghi on Wednesday March 6, 2013, 22:29

25 N W R
Nicolas. Winding. Refn. More

Posted by VUnit on Wednesday March 6, 2013, 21:32

26 Duncan Jones
Duncan Jones is the future More

Posted by hemibell on Wednesday March 6, 2013, 20:18

27 Jones. Lee. But please not QT
Duncan Jones would be good. Young, British. Shot action well in Source Code and Moon is excellent. Ang Lee would be and interesting choice if he's free and not doing Cleopatra, next film needs to be different in order to surpass Skyfall and think it should be more internationally based. The thought of a Tarantino Bond film terrifies me, would be awful. More

Posted by Matt. on Wednesday March 6, 2013, 19:17

28 Jones...
Duncan Jones. More

Posted by zeech1941 on Wednesday March 6, 2013, 18:49

29 Nolan
If Christopher Nolan did a Bond film I'm sure it would be a true specticale More

Posted by thefreddy12354 on Wednesday March 6, 2013, 18:44

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Gotta be Kathryn Bigelow, she can knock bond out of the park. Throw in a decent bond villainess for a change and some of the best skydiving sequences ever and away you go. She's already directed Ralph Fiennes in the field in Hurt Locker plus she turned Zero Dark Thirty around in no time at all and that Nov 2014 date is looming. Otherwise just play it safe and go with David Yates. More

Posted by guypb on Wednesday March 6, 2013, 17:55

31 Guy Ritchie!!
WTF? How could you overlook Guy Ritchie? He can do complicated plots, excellent action, great characters, interjects humor with drama perfectly, understands British-isms and most of all, makes FUN movies, which is what James Bond is all about. More

Posted by spidey2k on Wednesday March 6, 2013, 17:34

32 Guy Ritchie!!
WTF? How could you overlook Guy Ritchie? He can do complicated plots, excellent action, great characters, interjects humor with drama perfectly, understands British-isms and most of all, makes FUN movies, which is what James Bond is all about. More

Posted by spidey2k on Wednesday March 6, 2013, 17:34

33 Michael Mann
Michael Mann would be my number one choice, he's a proper auteur and no one can do a shoot out quite like him. Or Friedkin, if only for the inevitable car chase. I'd bet Peter Weir could make one hell of a Bond Film too. Most of your choices are horrible though. I just hope the Broccoli's don't end up getting that Tom Hooper guy. More

Posted by Steve Irwin on Wednesday March 6, 2013, 17:29

34 Ralph Fiennes.
Seriously. Dude has directing chops, is British and would be in the fucking thing. More

Posted by VwikusM on Wednesday March 6, 2013, 16:58

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