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

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So earlier today we exclusively revealed that Sam Mendes and EON Productions have saluted the nearest Union Jack and bid each other a fond farewell (for the time being, at least). Given Skyfall’s colossal box office success and the franchise’s great good health, the studio should have pick of most of the hottest directors in town – but who is best equipped for the gig? We sort through some of the leading candidates…

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14 Possible Directors For Bond 24 | Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle

Technically, The Duke Of Albion Danny Boyle has already directed Bond, with Daniel Craig’s secret agent helping Her Majesty – “The name’s Queen… The Queen” – to parachute out of a helicopter and into the Olympic Stadium last summer. If there’s one thing that prepares you for directing a Bond movie, it’s definitely dodging puddles of corgi widdle and dealing with huge names – that, along with an inimitable visual style and one of the most accomplished and varied back catalogues in the business, from the Oscar-winning not-that-feelgood-when-you-think-about-it Slumdog Millionaire to the toilet disaster movie that was Trainspotting.

The trouble is, Boyle has told Radio 4’s Front Row that he isn’t that keen on directing a 007 outing. "Don't trust me with huge amounts of money anybody," he said. "I did a film, The Beach, which was a proper Hollywood scale budget and it didn't suit me. I love watching those kinds of films, but I'm much better with a smaller amount of money and trying to make it go a long way." A Bond movie with an indie feel? It would be an interesting experiment.
 

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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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