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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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    I think Sam Mendes would be a great choice for the next Bond film. Skyfall is the best of the series, so why not?

    If we were going for someone else, Tarantino or Bigelow would be interesting.

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    Comment number 2.

    Well I hope Sam Mendes does do it. As then hopefully Warner Brothjers will give Nolan the justice league movie and a huge truck of money.

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    Comment number 3.

    Surely it has to be Paul Greengrass. All post Bourne Bonds (and I mean the films with Matt Damon in, not the poor 'reboot') have attempted to capture some of Bourne's energy. So why not get the Bourne director to show how a Bond film should be made. Very much doubt Mr Greengrass would be interested though.

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    Comment number 4.

    I remember Quentin Tarantino saying that, when Casino Royale was being made, he would've loved to direct it. Although, if he did direct the film, he would've been more faithful to the Ian Fleming novel e.g. setting the film in the 1950s, filming it in black-and-white, and possibly keeping Pierce Brosnan as Bond. I agree with all those things except the latter: a Bond film which actually stays faithful to an Ian Fleming novel/short story, as opposed to just stealing titles no matter how irrelevant they are to the film (hint hint, Quantum of Solace).
    Although, if Tarantino didn't do one after Skyfall, then Christopher Nolan would be my ideal choice, and might I also add that Michael Fassbender would be my number 1 pick to replace Daniel Craig as Bond, after Craig finally retires the role that is.

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    Comment number 5.

    Nicolas Winding Refn

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    Comment number 6.

    David Lynch

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    Comment number 7.

    While I very much enjoyed Skyfall, I do find it a little disappointing that the Bond franchise has become so po-faced. Bond films used to make it look like it was tremendous fun being a secret agent, now it just looks like a massive ball-ache where you constantly get beaten up and everyone you like gets killed. Consequently, I'd love to see Tarantino given a shot at directing a Bond - say what you like about him, but you can't deny he makes a great action romp, and I'm certain he'd inject some the fun (probably via a syringe to the heart) back into the franchise.

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    Comment number 8.

    Chris Nolan is the obvious choice but I'd rather wait until Michael Fassbender is inevitably cast as Bond to see what he could do with the franchise. That pairing would be dynamite and a great way to lead us out of the post-Craig blues. Besides Nolan, I think Matthew Vaughan, Duncan Jones and Brad Bird would be top choices who could really lend some intelligence and wit to Bond. Gareth Edwards is another director I'd love to see given the budget and scope of something like Bond in order to truly felx his action muscles. The Raid was most definitely not a fluke and given a good script, I think he could work wonders.

    Another bit of me would love to see what Quentin Tarantino had in store for us back when Casino Royale was in the planning stages. One can dream...

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    Comment number 9.

    I'd like to see Martin Scorsese have a go, he could make a properly adult Bond film, that would be very interesting. As others have said, a Tarantino Bond would be interesting, too. His self-indulgence might dominate it though, we could end up having a Grindhouse Bond film!

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    Comment number 10.

    Sam Mendes has effectively resurrected his career so he can move along now and make way for Duncan Jones. Moon shows he can handle the acty bits and Source Code the tense actiony bits and he's British. Plus he can strongarm his Dad into doing the song.

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    Comment number 11.

    Wong Kar-Wai. The real James Bond is in a bar in the world of In The Mood For Love and 2046. There was a flicker of this in the casino in Skyfall.

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    Comment number 12.

    I would love to see Sam Mendes helm another Bond film. But if not, my other choice would be Christopher Nolan or even perhaps David Fincher.

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    I would love to see David Fincher or Nicolas Winding Refn directing it.

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    Comment number 14.

    Christoper Nolan is an inspired and very obvious choice, so is Paul Greengrass. However one director I would nominate would be Kathryn Bigelow. Her last two films have a perfect balance of political intrigue and action spectacle and it would be interesting to see her vision for Bond. Also it would be a first for the series, with the exception of Barbara Brocolli, the only woman to have such a important creative role in the Bond series was Joanna Harewood who co-adapted Dr. No and From Russia With Love.

    As for Tarantino, keep him far away as possible from Bond.

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    Comment number 15.

    Also Fincher and Widing Refn would be interesting and different. Although its been a while since h passed away, but would it have been great if Hitchcock directed a Bond film.

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    Comment number 16.

    Danny Boyle, I mean he obviously loves bond...just take a look at those James Bond centered discussions in Trainspotting and...well the opening ceremony of London's 2012 Olympic games

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    Comment number 17.

    I think that it would be interesting to see what Christopher Nolan would do with the series. If we were to decide to stick to the current Bond series' style then I think Paul Greengrass or perhaps even Duncan Jones would be a good choice both of whom have directed some of my favourite films recently, the last two Bourne movies and Moon resepectively.

    However, unlikely as I think it would be, I would love to see the return of Martin Campbell. He has directed the two best Bond films by far; GoldenEye and Casino Royale. Interesting these were both starring first time Bond's so do you think he may return to the series once Daniel Craig hangs up his Walther and, according to rumour, Fassbender (although personally I would love to see Clive Owen as Bond) steps into his shoes? I, for one, hope he does do another Bond film.

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    Comment number 18.

    I'd go with Christopher Nolan. He has clearly demonstrated with Memento, Insomnia and Inception that he can do thrillers and Bond-like films. Incidentally, Morgan Freeman's character in Nolan's batman films acts as a Q-like figure to Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne. So yeah, I'd trust Nolan with the franchise. At least we know he'll bring something new to the table, while staying true to the current more somber Bond films.

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    Comment number 19.

    The one who is obvious and evrybody wants is of course - Christoper Nolan, but I would like him to helm Interstellar instead

    The one who will continue to direct Bond movies is again of course - Sam Mendes, because studios want another billion, for god's sake

    The one who should be mentioned is - Martin Campbell, who revived the series with Casino Royale, and put the whole franchise out of the misery it sank

    And at last the one I would really really like to direct the next installment is - Danny Boyle, he is for me one of the shining stars of modern British cinema, and there is no doubt his vision would fit the world of a fictional spy

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    Comment number 20.

    I would love to see Steve McQueen do a Bond film with Michael Fassbender since they have made such a great pairing in the past with Hunger and Shame, also I think Duncan Jones would do a great job.

 

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