Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Feature
14 Possible Directors For Bond 24
Our pick of possible replacements for Sam Mendes

submit to reddit

... 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Back 9 of 14 Next
14 Possible Directors For Bond 24 | Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan

Should he fancy the job, Christopher Nolan will take up position at or near the front of the queue. After all, job applications don’t come much more impressive than Inception’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service-homaging ski chase or the 007-esque gadgetry and nods of The Dark Knight Rises. “I’ve been plundering ruthlessly from [Bond movies] in everything I’ve done,” he told Empire in 2010, a fanboy fanaticism that chimes with Mendes’ love of From Russia With Love. His Batman films play like Bond films, so we’re intrigued to see what he’d actually do with a real Bond. Heck, Dark Knight Rises even follows a traditional Bond girl formula.

Nolan ticks boxes we haven’t even thought of yet, bringing his Oscar-laden physical effects and VFX teams with him, not to mention a keen eye for the spectacular and those ginormous 75mm cameras of his. Daniel Craig’s budgie-smugglers in IMAX, anyone?

 

... 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Back
9 of 14
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

1 How About...
David Yates? If he wasn't attached to two projects at the moment? I personally felt he did a great job directing the remaining Harry Potter series. More

Posted by Evolved As One on Friday March 22, 2013, 11:14

2 Really?
Definitely NO to Tarantino or Bigalow or Greengrass. Why does it have to be someone new? Skyfall was good, but if you pick one of Daniel Craig's Bond movies as the best, it's still Casino Royale. Why not have Martin Campbell come back? He did an amazing job. This is just a silly debate. More

Posted by lizzygilly on Wednesday March 20, 2013, 19:17

3
Baffled by the strong support for Nolan -- his movies are action-packed, yes, but they are also cold, mechanical, humourless and, most importantly, sexless. Bond movies are about wit and romance as much as stunts and I don't think CN can bring those qualities to the table. Would love to see Paul McGuigan have a go. More

Posted by kgrant on Tuesday March 19, 2013, 15:15

4 Some other contenders.
David Fincher would be a really interesting choice if he was willing to helm it. His precision, aesthetic, his way with actors and his unmatched sense of pacing would certainly bring a new dynamism to the franchise. It's unlikely however since he often demands final cut and I doubt the production company would allow his somewhat controversial Kubrickian vision to develop uncensored for such a large franchise. Other people are Bryan Singer - a director who I think is genuinely talented but hasn't been offered the material of late to demonstrate this. Also (I know he's 'retired' but whatever) Steven Soderbergh. Gary Ross. Duncan Jones. Looking at this list I think Matthew Vaughn and Danny Boyle are particularly striking choices. QT and Nolan are a no no. Both (as much as I do love them) are far too self-indulgent as directors to tap into the spectacle of 007 as an 'event' for an audience. More

Posted by balmerm on Monday March 18, 2013, 00:23

5 Tomas Alfredson could be interesting!
I feel that he would definitely make a great Bond film along the lines of From Russia With Love, set in Eastern Europe. He certainly gave us an excellent, more grim and realistic, spy thriller in the form of Tinker Tailor. Surely it would be a walk in the park for him? More

Posted by dannyfletch on Saturday March 16, 2013, 09:44

6 What... no David Fincher?
I personally would love to see what Fincher would bring to the franchise. No doubt highly stylised, and a little more of the darker side of Bond would come to the fore. Nobody can argue that the GWTDT title sequence echoed Bonds' opening montages (albeit with an S&M twist). If I was a Broccoli, Finch would be the talent I would be tapping.... More

Posted by richardness on Friday March 15, 2013, 10:32

7
Think Matthew Vaughn would be perfect. He effectively proved to the world that Craig could be Bond with Layer Cake and would retain the 'classic' Bond feel that Skyfall evoked and has set up with the new M/Moneypenny (also as shown with the 60s-set X-Men: First Class). More

Posted by scruffylooking on Friday March 15, 2013, 10:13

8 RE: Some Inspired Choices, But...
/i] but Guy Ritchie, basically. Mike Leigh, Ken Loach... Actually, I'd love to see what Ben Wheatly would do with Bond - an explosive climax at the Penrith Pencil Museum with 007 trapped in a giant wicker phallus. More

Posted by chris kilby on Thursday March 14, 2013, 14:19

9 Some Inspired Choices, But...
Wot, no Nicholas Winding Refn? (And if Duncan Jones did one maybe he could get his old man to play the villain - he was first choice to play Max Zorin in A View To A Kill, you know.) More

Posted by chris kilby on Thursday March 14, 2013, 14:11

10 What... no David Fincher?
I personally would love to see what Fincher would bring to the franchise. No doubt highly stylised, and a little more of the darker side of Bond would come to the fore. Nobody can argue that the GWTDT title sequence echoed Bonds' opening montages (albeit with an S&M twist). If I was a Broccoli, Finch would be the talent I would be tapping.... More

Posted by richardness on Thursday March 14, 2013, 12:30

11
I'd like to see what Steven Spielberg would do with Bond, although he's losing that magic touch of his lately. There's a whole host of talented Brit technicians who should've worked on a Bond movie by now and haven't, like cinematographer John Mathieson (X-Men: First Class, Gladiator) and production Designer Nigel Phelps (Transformers 2 & 3, Judge Dredd). Stuart Baird has edited Casino Royale and Skyfall and he's directed movies like Executive Decision and Star Trek: Nemesis, he could be a good choice too. More

Posted by BenTramer on Monday March 11, 2013, 23:42

12 A Hunger feeling whilst In Bruges....
Steve McQueen or Martin McDonagh More

Posted by jakesfake on Monday March 11, 2013, 15:10

13 Maybe a dark horse..
Definitely think Ben Affleck would be a great shout. Closely followed by Christopher Nolan and Kathryn Bigelow. An outside shout could be Gareth Evans director of the Raid. More

Posted by MarkMcW on Friday March 8, 2013, 23:31

14 Please no Guy Ritchie
It's just my opinion, but I hope he stays the fuck away from this. Or any project I'm excited about, for that matter. More

Posted by Mr Gittes on Friday March 8, 2013, 19:54

15 Out of Left Field
I want to throw Chan-Wook Park into the mix. I think he has the potential to make an excellent "Bond" film. More

Posted by kurosawa3000 on Friday March 8, 2013, 16:25

16 As long as...
... no director previously associated with the Bourne franchise takes the helm, i'm ok with the list provided here by Empire. I don't want another Quantum of Solace with irritating shaky cams, you sea. So Roger Deankings is a must-have! More

Posted by M. on Friday March 8, 2013, 14:25

17
Whilst I don't think QT is right for the job, I think his feelings on Skyfall hit the mark. I third Duncan Jones...Moon and Source Code were excellent character pieces, thoughtful and entertaining - Casino Royale had that, Skyfall did not (it almost blended with the 20 Bond inspired adverts that preceded the movie). More

Posted by sirvolkar on Friday March 8, 2013, 10:36

18 RE: An alternative option
What about Ben Affleck? Nationality doesn't enter the equation; he's in the zone right now and I reckon he could knock Bond out of the park. Chris Nolan and Kathryn Bigelow would be great choices, and Martin Campbell will always be a safe bet having already made two of the best Bonds. There is a part of me that's wants to see a Tarantino Bond, but not enough to actually hope it happens. More

Posted by Whistler on Thursday March 7, 2013, 18:06

19 An alternative option
What about Chan-wook Park.... Does great revenge movies great blend of tension and action. Haven't seen Stoker yet but based on reviews can clearly hold an English language film. More

Posted by mattywatson2392 on Thursday March 7, 2013, 15:51

20 RE: Good list
Only one of those I think would be a good fit for Bond are Christopher Nolan, Matthew Vaughn and Kathryn Bigelow. I love Tarantino, but why /i] would think he'd be able to make a decent Bond movie, I don't know... and he seems to have a history of trashing whatever the biggest movies of the time are (except for his own of course), so his comments on Skyfall don't surprise me. Personally, I hope that Nolan is given the job. He might have to take a bit of a pay cut, but he's a huge fan, and I've heard he's always wanted to make one so that might not bother him as much. I'm pretty sure he'd be able to do something fantastic with Daniel Craig's version of the character, and his action sequences have been gradually improving with every action movie he directs... after Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, I'd say he's ready for Bond. If not though, then I'd agree with the person who said to give the job to Martin Campbell again. Both GoldenEye and Casino Royale were ich he seemsMore

Posted by AxlReznor on Thursday March 7, 2013, 13:52

Next Page

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: A Woman Will Direct Star Wars
No longer a men’s club, Hollywood is going to start opening its doors...

The Empire Podcast #130: Interviews With Rosamund Pike, Lee Child And Antoine Fuqua
The Gone Girl star, Jack Reacher author and The Equalizer director pop in for a chat

The Future Of Film: Movie Posters Will Talk To You (And Buy Your Tickets)
Movie posters will be bigger, better... and talk to you?

The 50 Greatest Voice Performances In Movies
Who has the most talented tonsils in town?

25 Movie Songs Bigger Than The Movie
The film tunes that transcend their origins...

Denzel Washington: A Viewer’s Guide
The highs and lows of The Equalizer star’s career to date

The Making Of The Lost Pilot: An Oral History
The cast and crew look back at the epic season opener…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)