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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 | Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow

Empire has long championed the Point Break director as a potential Bond herder, with our very own Nev Pierce writing enthusiastically about the idea back in 2009: “If [Bond is] to be brash, rash and go ballistic once again, why not give the megaphone to Kathryn Bigelow? [In the] The Hurt Locker she shows she knows what Bond is all about: adrenaline. The Hurt Locker is one long high: set piece after set piece, bomb by bomb, always explosive. This is what Bond is supposed to be.”

Perhaps after Zero Dark Thirty Bigelow is sick to the back teeth with spies and espionage, but then again, the somewhat cartoonier 007 might be the perfect antidote to all the paper pushing and forehead-scrunching of her 157 minute Osamarama. What’s clear, however, is that she’s excellent at action and doesn’t have a new project lined up – it’s a shame she’s American then, as no Yank has directed an official Bond.
 

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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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