Here’s the potential Bond 25 directors on the short list…

"Casino Royale" Japanese Theatrical Poster

“Casino Royale” Japanese Theatrical Poster

Ever since the release of 2015’s Spectre, the state of the James Bond franchise – as well as its current leading man – has been more or less in limbo, but as of a few days ago, James Bond is getting ready to suit up for his next mission.

According to the official 007 website, James Bond will return to US cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a traditional earlier release in the UK and the rest of the world.

Bond 25, the next adventure in the long-running action franchise, will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, long time collaborators and writers on previous Bond films including Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. The film will be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Additional details regarding distribution, including international release dates, the film’s cast and director, will be announced at a later date.

Although currently “unofficial”, Craig is back, at least according to TNYT (via Collider): “Two people briefed on the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid conflicts with Eon and MGM,” say that Craig is coming back, and since the Times is pretty trustworthy publication (as opposed to DanielCraigShouldAlwaysBeBond.com), I’m willing to put my faith in their reporting that the actor will make his fifth appearance as Bond in the upcoming sequel.

Back in May of 2016, sources told DM: ‘Daniel is done – pure and simple – he told top brass at MGM after Spectre. They threw huge amounts of money at him, but it just wasn’t what he wanted,’ said the source. Another source told the Mail that ‘executives had finally agreed to let the actor go after growing tired of his criticism of the franchise.’ And let’s not forget that Craig stated that he’d rather ‘slash his wrists’ than play Bond for a fifth time (he said this shortly after the release of Spectre).

Then in April 2017 (via PS), it was reported that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has all but persuaded Daniel Craig to play 007 for the historic 25th movie in the series. Daniel’s talks with Barbara were going in the right direction. They have a script — screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade [who’ve penned several Bond movies] are writing and they’ll go into production as soon as Daniel is ready to commit.” The source added, “Plus, Barbara Broccoli doesn’t like Tom Hiddleston, he’s a bit too smug and not tough enough to play James Bond.”

While Broccoli was waiting for Craig’s answer, the media was having a field day about who’d be playing Bond? Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Fassbender (Jobs), Damian Lewis (Homeland), James Norton (War and Peace) and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) remain firm favorites. Also, Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer) was supposedly talking with producers.

The other biggie is: Who’ll be directing Bond? Everyone from Drive’s Nicolas Winding Refn (who is currently working on Avenging Silence, his own take of a spy flick after turning down Spectre) to Guy Ritchie (who penned last year’s similarly themed The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) have been attracted to the idea. Other filmmakers who have expressed interest include Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Chad Stahelski (John Wick: Chapter 2). Even Edgar Wright (Baby Driver) has been the subject of some reports.

From both a critical and financial point of view, 2012’s Skyfall has gone on to become the most successful James Bond film of all time, grossing over $1 billion worldwide. Last year’s Spectre, which drew in a lesser audience, plus mixed reviews, took in $879.2 million worldwide. Even though Spectre wasn’t a massive success, it was still a success.

For now, Craig is wrapping up a 20-part TV series called Purity (Mirror reported that MGM was even willing to push Bond 25 back, which would allow Craig to complete the series). Craig can be seen next in Steven Soderbergh’s Lucky Logan, a heist film, which releases in August.

Updates: According to the reliable crew at Deadline, here are the potential Bond 25 directors that are on the short list: Yann Demange (’71), Denis Villenueve (Arrival) and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water). Pick one.

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17 Responses to Here’s the potential Bond 25 directors on the short list…

  1. Robert says:

    Nolan directing Tom Hardy as Bond. Make it happen.

    • Hardy, yes. Nolan, no… maybe… depends. The dude knows his craft and he makes slick looking films, but his style is way too gimmicky for me. I’d like to see Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service) do a Bond flick. Perfect pacing. Clever. Snappy. No mind-numbing theories. Pure entertainment. Judging from the first Kingsman, he’s already proved that he can capture the essence of a classic spy film; Kingman was essentially a borderline spoof/dedication to Bond to begin with, so he can get the job done with very little effort. Wouldn’t mind seeing Craig return one more time.

    • DougWonnacott says:

      No. And No.

  2. DougWonnacott says:

    ok. No to Tom Hardy. Even though I really liked Mad Max: Fury Road, it was more in spite of Tom Hardy instead of because of him. I find him one of the least convincing tough guys around today. I just don’t get why he keeps getting cast in action roles. He is smug enough to play Bond though.

    No to Christopher Nolan. The Following was interesting. Memento was excellent. The Prestige was good (except for the big twist was far too easy to spot). Insomnia was effective, but not different enough to the original one.

    Batman Begins was decent, but the villains were underdeveloped and Christian Bale did that stupid voice for Batman.

    The Dark Knight was overblown and overrated. It also had about 45 minutes that could have (and should have) been cut. Did we really need the The Joker to set up three separate dilemmas for Batman to deal with? One was enough to get the point across. They create Two Face, then kill him off 20 minutes later without anyone seeming to care.

    The Dark Knight Rises was equally too long and should have cut a big chunk out. Bane was taller than Batman at the beginning and shorter than Batman at the end. He was also far too camp and seemed to speak in the voice of Kenneth Williams from the Carry On films. Batman was stuck down a big hole but managed to recover from a broken back, climb out and get back to Gotham with no transport or money within about 10 minutes. Catwoman was there but I don’t know why (she didn’t seem to affect any part of the plot). For no reason whatsoever the cop was Robin at the end (what was the point?). Plus several over major and minor plotholes.

    Inception was about an hour too long. It set up it’s own logic for the ‘dream within a dream’ plot then betrayed it’s own logic multiple times throughout it’s long drawn out boring running time. People seem to think that if they didn’t understand part of it it’s because the film was so clever they couldn’t follow it. The reason some people couldn’t follow it was because it was full of holes in logic (actual logic and it’s own internal logic) and holes in the plot. I can’t remember a single character name or trait and didn’t even vaguely care what happened to anyone in the film. Was DiCaprio in it? I can barely remember. Too long.

    I haven’t seen (and have no desire to see) Intersteller.

  3. DougWonnacott says:

    My picks for the next James Bond, Kathryn Bigelow directing. Maybe Michael Fassbender. Not sure. Love to see Scott Adkins as a villain.

  4. ColinJ says:

    Craig has complained that he gets hurt each time he does one. And they are gruelling six-month shoots, especially when you’re practically in every scene.

    Still, for $100 million I could ignore a few aches and pains.

  5. Marijan says:

    i wish Gary Daniels to be the next bond it’s a little old but it would be great bond

  6. Andrew Hernandez says:

    I’d love for Christopher Nolan to direc the next Bond since the previous films were a big influence for him.

    I’d want a younger actor to play Bond so that he can last longer in the role. Maybe David Oyelowo or since he’s proven he can play anybody, Chadwick Boseman.

    I think Tom Hardy could be great too.

  7. Paul Bramhall says:

    Great trailer, I wish COF would post a review of this one.

  8. Mike Leeder says:

    the thing is they took a quote from Craig out of context at the end of a very lengthy and troubled shoot, at the very end of a press tour…. where i think we all know it was more of a i dont want to do another James Bond movie right this moment comment

    I can see Craig coming back for one more adventure, i think he is also aware of the physicality of the character and he knows his age limitations for the role too…. but i do love the anonymous source ‘Plus, Barbara Broccoli doesn’t like Tom Hiddleston, he’s a bit too smug and not tough enough to play James Bond’ does sound bit like a lets add a snide aside to the piece

    Ref somebodys comments on Gary Daniels as Bond, he did develop a character in the early/mid 90’s Union Jack that was very James Bond inspired that Overseas Film Group was going to do with him but that never happened… the concept behind the QUEENS MESSENGER movies he did could have been Bond’ish if handled better

    A Chad Stehelski take on Bond could be interesting, maybe Chad can slip an ex-Bond or too into roles in John Wick 3, imagine Keanau seeking refuge with a former acquaintance played by Lazenby or Dalton?

    As for my thoughts on who could play Bond, it would be great to see Scott Adkins get a chance to step up and play, he’s got the look, the physicality and the charm as well as the acting chops if given the opportunity….always thought Vincent Zhao (Zhao Wen-zhao/Chiu Man-cheuk) could have been a Chinese James Bond….
    I could see Fassbender taking it, Damian Lewis i think not and at 46 might be too old,
    James Norton i havent seen enough of his work, Jamie Bell if they wanted to really go for a reboot of young James Bond on his early missions could work….

    • Christopher Dean says:

      Or Brosnan, hell imagine if the next era was a reinvention of Brosnan where he plays an older Bond

  9. Bigfella says:

    Enough of the screeching harpies singing the theme songs , get Rag’n’Bone Man with his soulful bluesy voice to do it. Like so many American movies the music and theme songs are what has been letting Bond movies down for years.

  10. Kiril Valkov says:

    The lifespan of most actors playing this iconic hero is an average of 5 films(Sir Roger Moore did 7 and A view to a kill was horrible) – I think that Craig could return for one last film and then someone else has to take over, imo Henry Cavill is a good choice for a Bond, but with so many names thrown around I got confused. Regarding the director – I could imagine Edgar Wright & Guy Ritchie in this place, but they are way too unorthodox for the conservative taste of Barbara Broccoli I guess 🙂

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