Skyfall was maybe the most successful of the Bond movies, and some of that had a lot to do with the accomplished Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes being at the helm of the film. So it’s no wonder that the producers of the franchise might be looking at a director with similar vision, someone acclaimed by the critics.
If you just said Christopher Nolan, you’re close, but you maybe off. In an interview with Nicolas Winding Refn at Cannes, Alex Billington from First Showing got the Drive director to nearly admit that he was, at least, be courted to direct Bond 24. Billington asked straight up if Refn had considered doing Bond, to which the filmmaker responded, “Where did you hear that?” A little defensive, right? When pushed further, Refn then admitted, “I love Bond… I love him.”
But does he love Bond enough to direct him? And is he? Well why don’t you check out the video below and read between the lines:
But Refn doesn’t have this thing sewn up yet. In fact, there’s apparently a small list of notable filmmakers seemingly nominated for the directing chores on Bond 24 according to /Film, including Skyfall filmmaker Mendes. Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates, and Shane Black are also rumored to be up for the job. All are interesting choices, but each one comes with a lingering nag of doubt that might rule them out for the part.
For instance, while Lee and Hooper are both Oscar-winning directors, Hooper only has two films to his credit and Lee isn’t British. Since being British is usually a condition for getting to be a director of a Bond, Black, and Refn for that matter, may also be out of the running. Yates is an obvious choice having shepherded several Harry Potter films, so he knows how to handle a big, damn, fictional, English hero right. As for Mendes though, it’s rare for a Bond director to have an immediate reprise, but that’s not to say it’s impossible.
So long story short, this hasn’t been sorted out yet. Stay tuned because it will be big news when we learn who will helm the next adventure of Bond. James Bond.