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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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    Comment number 81.

    Frank Darabont.

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    Comment number 82.

    Lots of good suggestions, and I'd be more than happy with another Mendes, a Greengrass, a Bigelow or Duncan Jones in particular.

    But if you want a very different sensibility I'd love to see what Neil Jordan would do with Bond.

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    Comment number 83.

    I really liked Skyfall, and would go to see another Mendes effort.

    However, I'd like to see what Baz Luhrmann would do to Bond. Or Jaco Van Dormael. I think they'd both do something interesting with the visual direction of Bond films, which have had a really bland palette since Casino Royale.

    I'm not saying they should go seventies camp, but it's all a bit dark and brown. I really don't want Bond to turn into some sort of humourless Nolan-esque noirish franchise. Eugh.

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    Comment number 84.

    In the Bond world that we have right now I'd like to see either Steve McQueen or mel gibson directing. Given both their directorial cv's I can't see how it would be anything other than a great watch. Both Clever and uniue niether of them would let down the franchise and keep it dark and coulourful. Idris elba to take craigs place as first black bond? I hope so too!

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    Comment number 85.

    Sam Mendes should return to direct the next Bond film as Skyfall was excellent - Following Mendes next Bond film which I'm sure he will make Christopher Nolan would be the obvious choice as he is without a doubt the most intelligent big budget blockbuster film maker working today - The problem with Paul Greengrass would be the constant comparison with Bourne - His Bourne films were brilliant but not the direction Bond is going in -
    That is at least the next two films taken care of - To be honest after that we will be more concerned who will be the next Bond -

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    Comment number 86.

    The problem with a lot of the above comments is that they rather miss the point of why Mendes was so successful in the first place. Yes, Bigelow or Tarantino would do well, but they are essentially action directors; Mendes is a drama director - and an esteemed theatre director - who has never really tackled action before (a little beautifully-lit gunplay in Road to Perdition notwithstanding). He was thus able to bring a different dimension to proceedings from what had gone before. His replacement, then, should be someone with similar sensibilities. So, what about Joe Wright? We know he can do action (Hanna, anyone?), has an eye for a beautiful set-up (the Dunkirk scene in Atonement) and, when called upon to do so, can get halfway decent performances from rubbish actors (Keira Knightley being the obvious example). I would love to see a 'Wright Bond' - it could even out-Skyfall Skyfall.

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    Comment number 87.

    I'd like to see Martin McDonagh direct the next Bond. He has the brilliant talent of mixing great dialogue, dark tones, humour and action. I think he would be perfect.

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    Comment number 88.

    Rian Johnson would be a very interesting choice. Possibly Gareth Edwards, he could add a new level of energy into the franchise. In another world a Ben Wheatley Bond film could be very intriguing...

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    Comment number 89.

    I think Mike Newell would be an interesting choice for a Bond Director. I've liked the films i've seen him direct (Goblet of fire, Prince of Persia, Great Expectations). I think he could possibly bring elements the bond series quintessentially English like the good old days of Bond back in the 1960s. Who knows, but my moneys on Mike

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    Comment number 90.

    I enjoyed Skyfall but the end was weak and Albert Finney was both pointless and wasted (and no Scottish accent in a third generation Highland ghillie - really?).

    Anyway, I would like to propose a completely leftfield option and go for Lynne Ramsay - Ratcathcher, Morvern Callar, We Need To Talk About Kevin - need I say more?

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    Comment number 91.

    Thomas Alfredson After Tinker Tailor he would be an excellent choice.
    Michael Winterbottom he can turn his hand to almost any genre and he is a vastly underated directing talent.

    Remember when the franchise was in the doldrums people wanted Spielberg?
    Well how about it? he knows more than anyone how to make a great but serious action movie.

    John Woo in his pomp would have been great before Hollywood cut him down to size.

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    Comment number 92.

    Absolutely not Paul Greengrass. You know why The Bourne Identity - the one Greengrass didn't direct - is the best of the series? Because you can see what's going on! The hand-held shakycam where you only get glimpses of things might well convey the chaos and confusion of a car chase or a fistfight but chaos and confusion is the last thing you need in a Bond movie. It was the Bourne influence on the Bonds that gave us the incomprehensible opening car chase in Kumquat Of Sausage where you need three runs at it to tell [1] which car is chasing which and [2] which car is James Bond driving. The worst mistake the Bonds could make would be to follow the Bournes: their natural competition, if they have any, is the Mission impossible series.

    Bonds should be FUN. Now we've finally got rid of Judi Dench's M (for mummy) we should hopefully get back to entertaining and enjoyable action adventures with a dash of glamour, wit and sex. Not introspection and misery and psychological eviscerations of the Bond mindset. Leave that to the Tomas Afredsons of this world. Much as I enjoyed Skyfall, it's not up there with You Only Live Twice, OHMSS or Live And Let Die (my three personal favourites).

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    Comment number 93.

    I agreed with ManuBoubaAssiom that Steve McQueen would be brilliant and how about another director that has worked with Michael Fassbender - Andrea Arnold?

    For slightly more mainstream choices I'd agree with earlier comments and go for either Joe Wright or Duncan Jones as both Hanna and Sourcecode are really enjoyable, fast paced, intelligent films.

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    Comment number 94.

    Renny Harlin would be my choice. If you give him a good script, he can deliver. He gave Stallone perhaps his best film in the form of Cliffhanger (not Driven), showing that he can do action in difficult conditions, but also the Long Kiss Goodnight showed he can do Bond imitations pretty well.
    He may be a B movie director these days, but i still feel he is underrated, and if he can remake Jaws with good effect (Deep Blue Sea), i am sure he could remake Bond with equal skill.

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    Comment number 95.

    Spielberg. He's the only one.

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    Comment number 96.

    This is a tough one but I would like to see Kenneth Branagh have a go at Bond. His Shakespeare adaptations are some of the best so let's see how he handles some of Fleming's stories.

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    Comment number 97.

    I would love to see Clint Eastwood direct a Bond movie or why not Ang Lee?

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    Comment number 98.

    David Fincher in Fight Club not Panic Room mode

    Steve Soderbergh - Bring in some Ocean style zing

    Danny "I can do anything" Boyle can do no wrong... I'd love to know what he could do with a bond. Watched Sunshine again last night - such as good movie.

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    Comment number 99.

    I think this question is wide open!

    Yes Nolan would be the obvious choice but I think it would be better for him to be brought in after Daniel Craig has gone and Bond requires a reboot (Tom Hardy perhaps?)


    I would like to get Mr Gareth Evans into Bond (and by implication into the mainstream).


    Why?


    The Raid! - The best action movie I've seen since Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon - the guy knows how to direct action (no question) and his British credentials will guarantee a good grounding in Bond movies!

    I'd also like to go one step further and suggest a villain!


    Christian Bale! - Let's have the ultimate Bond Evil Twin - a dashing well-spoken British agent - The Dark Knight of the Secret Service 006 that wants to replace the ageing 007 by any means necessary.

    A stripped down, concentrated action movie!

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    Comment number 100.

    There's only one contender really... Danny Boyle. Yes, it's an obvious choice but he'll bring an energy and visual panache to the series, which will be different enough, but still build upon, the great work done in Skyfall.

 

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