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Tuesday 12 February 2013, 12:57

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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Skyfall won the BAFTA award for Outstanding British Film on Sunday and now everybody wants to know if Sam Mendes will direct another 007 movie... Who would you like to see at the helm?

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    Nicolas Winding Refn is an excellent choice. I think David Slade would be good too. Barring that a return to Martin Campbell is in order.

    Nolan, Tarantino, terrible choices. One would be boring and totally devoid of any emotion and the other would have the chattiest, brattiest Bond ever. "Before I kill you Blofeld, I require a tasty refreshment. Barkeep, a martini, shaken not stirred. And you, Blofeld, may I interest you, the condemned man, in a tasty beverage of your choosing? Something non-alcoholic perhaps. By the way, did you know that alcohol was discovered by a Persian alchemist by the name of Mohammad ibn Zakaria Razi? He also discovered sulfuric acid, but that is neither here nor there for the sake of our discussion. Oh, but how rude of me. I've been doing all the talking. Say, Blofeld, do you know who invented talking?"

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    Comment number 22.

    I don't really like Daniel Craig as Bond and though Skyfall wasn't bad, it wasn't all that. Give Paul McGuigan a shot at directing ("Buy British") his big screen outings may have gone a bit off in the past few years but he's certainly earned some brownie points with Sherlock.

    P.S. I love Albert Finney but he could have at least tried to put on a Scottish accent.

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    Comment number 23.

    My choices would be Matthew Vaughn he can make a big budget action films and still be character driven. My top choice would be Rian Johnson to see a writer/director take on Bond to see his take on 007 Brick meets Looper. Or just give it J. J. Abrams he seems to be taken on every famous franchise going. That's what Bond needs lens flares.

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    Comment number 24.

    It needs someone who understands spectacle and also light humourous touches, so as a slightly left of field entry, but given The Avengers perhaps not so left of field, Joss Whedon.

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    Comment number 25.

    I'd like - in fact LOVE - to see Alfonso Cuarón given a chance to direct a Bond film. The action pieces from Children of Men are both stunning and gripping and I think he'd be able to make a very interesting addition to the series. That said, Skyfall is my favourite Bond film, and I would not be against Mendes returning

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    Comment number 26.

    Sam Mendes nailed the film, can he do it twice...?

    I would like to see Rian Johnson have a go at directing, he did a solid job on Breaking Bad and Looper and understands character as well as action

    Nicolas Winding Refn or Gaspar Noe would have interesting takes on the series although I cannot see either submitting full control of a project for a studio.

    Would love Michael Fassbender or Mark Strong as the villains as well

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    Comment number 27.

    Steven Soderbergh.

    Perhaps K-Yo could start a wittertainment campaign to get him to do this one last job before he 'retires'?

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    Comment number 28.

    Christopher Nolan. Inception was his homage to Bond and gave us a taste of what he could bring to the table. We all know what he is capable of and quite frankly if it wasn't for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight we wouldn't be getting a Bond movie like 'Skyfall'. He says it's something he'd like to do. He is a fantastic British Director. It's a match made in heaven.

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    Comment number 29.

    In a perfect world the next Bond outing would be helmed by someone like Nicolas Winding Refn or David Fincher, but I would also be very happy to see Danny Boyle, Duncan Jones or Andrew Dominik (so loong as he kept his pacing up). I have a feeling though that it will go to someone like Ridley Scott.

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    Comment number 30.

    Nicolas Winding Refn would be a great choice. He is incredibly stylish but he will have to tone down his usual graphic violence to get the post.

    Bigelow would be an interesting choice. A mix of the gritty realism of both Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, the tense pace of ZDT and the fun of Point Break. Yes please.

    Duncan Jones would a great choice.

    Heres a joke one

    Jim Jarmusch. Instead of car chases we get Bond walking around. Sits in a coffee bar. Listens to Tom Waits. Famous musician comes in. Tilda Swinton plays the villian. They chat. The end.

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    Comment number 31.

    Hi, I'm a young budding filmmaker and I would like to make the next Bond film, if I get overlooked, then maybe in the future but I would like to see Sam Mendes continue, or Christopher Nolan because he deals with grand full scale blockbusters really well. I think that Bond being British it should be a british director although I'm not against a foreign director making a Bond film but I think a great director who is overlooked is Ridley Scott, he's made some great movies and action movies over the years. Maybe Matthew Vaughn I really liked X-men: First Class and Kick-Ass and Layer Cake, he might be a good choice and has worked with Daniel Craig before. My international choice would be John Woo because I am a big John Woo fan, or maybe Brad Bird because I loved Mission:Impossible - Ghost Protocol one of my favourite action films.

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    Comment number 32.

    Would love to see Alfonso Cuaron do a Bond film or maybe Ben Affleck after 3 fantastic films. Also I wonder if Stanley Kubrick ever was mentioned to do a Bond film that would of been special.

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    Comment number 33.

    I'd like to see Duncan Jones have a go: Moon showed a sense of character/humour and creativity; and Source Code showed he had the chops when dealing with a larger budget and proper SFX.
    I think Christopher Nolan lacks the requisite tongue-in-cheek humour and has a propensity toward the dark - a place we've already been with Daniel Craig's Bond.
    I think we'd all love to see just what QT would do with it though and, as with Jackie Brown, working within someone else's universe might just reign him in a little: producing a subtler film than we might imagine. Not sure how he'd get the 'N' word in though - I'm sure he could find a way.

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    Comment number 34.

    would be interesting to see tarantino helm a bond film, although i fear it would be just almost 3 hours of references to previous bond films!

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    Comment number 35.

    Hear me out on this, but I think an interesting choice would be Guy Ritchie. His recent Sherlock Holmes movies have felt like 1800's James Bond films, he is known for quintessentially British movies, and I find his directing genuinely interesting. Also, in the style of Skyfall, he keeps a plot moving quickly in a way that keeps it interesting, witty and adds a bit of humour.

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    Comment number 36.

    So much hyperbole about everything nowadays. Skyfall is very good but hardly (as some have said) the best in the series! Get real, have some perspective.
    I'd be happy for Mendes to go again but if not, I agree with Duncan Jones. I loved Moon and Source Code (the latter was full of action. Failing that, Paul Greengrass (no way Tarantino, much as I like him. He's definitely not a Bond director).
    However, my fantasy would be Polanski! Seriously, he would make a very intense Bond movie!
    Ps. Fassbender HAS to be the next Bond. What a versatile actor that guy is.

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    Comment number 37.

    Skyfall was so boring that I hate myself for watching it. If this same movie was directed by let's say Michael Bay (who I can't stand) no one would talk about it but it was directed by so we have to say it's good. I don't care who will direct next Bond movie because no matter who is directing it the only thing that matters is that they should stop Bond series long time ago it doesn't belong to 21 century.

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    Comment number 38.

    Fincher. Give it to Fincher. It would be dark and weird and violent. He would take it to some new and exciting places.

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    Comment number 39.

    He's probably tied up with "Paradise" and "Blade Runner 2" but Ridley Scott would be a great and very interesing choice for a Bond movie. Especally since he's a self proclaimed "all about everything" director, he could add some real philosophical meat to a Bond movie and take it places it perhaps hasn't gone before. And he's no stranger to straight down the line action. Coupled with a Fassbender Bond I might actaully go see it.

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    Comment number 40.

    David Lynch. End of.

 

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