Bond Goes Bourne With Bradley

Bond 22 hires Bourne's action designer

Bond Goes Bourne With Bradley

by Helen O'Hara |
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Since the dawn of Bourne, James Bond has come under a lot of fire for being a dusty old relic of a spy, too busy shagging and sipping champagne to find time to kill people with magazines or jump through windows from rooftops. Casino Royale clearly took a big step towards Bourne-dom, with grittier action and much more bruising, and Bond 22 (still untitled) took a bigger one today when it was announced that director Marc Forster has hired Dan Bradley as second-unit director on the film.

Now who is Dan Bradley and why are we reporting on the second unit all of a sudden? Well, Bradley was the "action designer" on The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, which means he knows a thing or two about breathtaking stunts and heart-in-mouth action. That's not to say that he's only familiar with the Greengrass/Bourne style of shaky cam chases - he's also second-unit directed Superman Returns, the two Spider-Man sequels and is just coming off work on Indy IV.

Still, his posting does suggest that Bond wants a little of that Bourne magic, and will add fuel to the fire of the neverending debate about which spy is better (this writer's opinion? The one who's name sounds like "Mason Corn"). But it also promises more of the great action sequences that made **Casino Royale **the best Bond film in ages.

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