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 138. Posted by Cool Hand Smiley

    on 24 Jul 2013 07:42

    I thoroughly enjoyed Skyfall, I liked the fact the action had been toned down following the adrenaline fuelled films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace and that there was more focus on character development.

    However I thought the Opening action sequences were poor and highlighted Sam Mendes's limitations as a director (having said that the finale is brilliant). I also disliked the casting of Q and Moneypenny.

    Overall I think Skyfall is a classic Bond film but I think it is massively over rated. Many critics have commented that Daniel Craig looks more comfortable in the role as Bond, however I preferred him when he looked edgy as I think he gave a stronger performance in Casino Royale (which is a superior Bond film - the best Bond films are the ones that use Fleming's material).

    Although Mendes has now been confirmed to direct the next film, here is my choice of directors I would like to see direct a future Bond film:

    Christopher Nolan
    Paul Greengrass
    Martin Campbell

    By the time Bond 24 is released in 2015 Daniel Craig will look too old!

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  • Comment number 137. Posted by peterb

    on 7 Mar 2013 11:45

    I eventually watched Skyfall on tv. I came away feeling extremely disappointed.I have to confess i am not a fan of action movies as a genre.It seemed to me that it was a series of action setups with no real explanation as to how the (hero) got from one scene to the next , let alone , alive. This so important for me , something that Spielberg does superbly. 1. how did Bond survive the fall and drowning after the opening sequence. The way he entered the water with his head bent would have snapped his neck instantly.2. How did he get from underneath the lift to open the doors from the outside? 3.Standing at the prow of the boat going towards the casino, no sign of propulsion! 4. Does a bond always have to have some kind of pit with vicious creatures in it? 5. Where did the villain get the police uniform from in the underground sequence, then there was the sudden appearance of the big brown paper wrapped box, which i presume, contained the bomb which blew up the very fake looking underground train. Please! With Bond hard on his heals he had no time to place the explosives. 6.The way bond had the foresite to know that the old car with the machine guns in the front would come in handy. Anyway , i thought MI (whatever) had sold his property when they thought he was dead.7.At the very fake looking deserted house after a very brief look at the wonderful Scottish scenery, how come the baddies didnt come in full blast with Helicopter from the beginning. Its hard to believe that the cyanide effected former agent could come up with this ordinance at the drop of a hat. Oh! and how exactly did he dispose of the guards. Sam obviously had run out of ideas at that point! Then after the house destruction Bond survives another icy ducking. At least the knife had been indicated as being useful in a previous scene. Dame Judy, you are well out of it! Daniel, i think you are a much better actor than having to put up with this dross. I,for one, will not be tempted to see what all the fuss was about, again.

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  • Comment number 136. Posted by Fritz von Maybach

    on 22 Feb 2013 02:29

    While Skyfall was very good, Casino Royale was the best. It was better told and the Bond wasn't invincible. He bled, cried and died. Best in the series.
    As far as director goes, we must remember to stick with the formula, a British or Commonwealth Director. They tried the Dutch film maker Marc Foster and he Directed Question Of Sport.
    Paul Greengrass would be an excellent choice, better than Sam Mendes. Dramas are more of Mendes' strong point.

    Martin Campbell is a good choice.
    Chris Nolan would be a wild card.

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  • Comment number 135. Posted by peanut

    on 21 Feb 2013 19:39

    Thank God. Finally someone who recognises one of the best thrillers ever. Actors, directors etc all amazing. Love you Kermode.

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  • Comment number 134. Posted by Gwendolen89

    on 18 Feb 2013 13:53

    I couldn't agree more with 'Rich Indeed'. These latest Bond films are so straight-faced so much of the time that it is almost, tragically, rather funny. Tarantino would would make a great Bond director! But sadly, for the very reasons I think he would be a refreshing candidate, he would never be offered the job.
    However, Mendes shows promise. Reintroducing Moneypenny and Q after a painful absence is a sign of a guy who has more of a grasp on the traditions of Bond, and isn't afraid to enjoy them.

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  • Comment number 133. Posted by Alex Ewing

    on 18 Feb 2013 08:36

    Gareth Evans. The Raid had the best action sequences of any film I can recall in recent memory. I can only imagine what he would do with the world of 007 and 150 million dollars at his disposal. Put him together with Roger Deakins and the possibilities are endless.

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  • Comment number 132. Posted by PBuggy

    on 17 Feb 2013 20:01

    Personally, I balk at the idea of a Nolan Bond. It's taken me some time to pinpoint exactly what it is that leaves me cold towards Christopher Nolan, and I think it's taken the Nolan/Mendes comparison to really show me what it is.

    As good as Nolan's films are on a technical and visual level, there must be something pretty fundamentally off about them that leaves me so indifferent towards his work. Don't get me wrong, I think they're great, but it would be an EXTREMELY rainy day before I were to pick them from the DVD rack over any other film. Spectacle is one thing, and having a genius cinematographer on-board another, but compared to the success of Skyfall I find Nolan's work to be po-faced to the point of witlessness. Not to mention that Nolan's most recent work has been anything but sexy. I know he explores other themes, but I suppose that's my point - thus far, his work has not betrayed any desire to do a Bond film.

    To really consolidate on the fine work Mendes has done with the franchise, I say give him whatever budget he would need to keep him on board for the next. In terms of new faces, give him another film or two (and a solid writer!) and a McDonagh brother would make a good fist of it. I second the Winding Refn suggestion, or perhaps, to keep it British, Matthew Vaughan or Joe Wright? Or perhaps Gareth Evans?

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  • Comment number 131. Posted by Daniel

    on 16 Feb 2013 12:25

    Wes Anderson should direct. With Jason Schwartzman as the new Bond and Bill Murray as the villain. Instead of some ridiculous chase the film would culminate in one of Anderson's trademark slow-walk sequences accompanied by a wry tune (perhaps an old Lou Reed number, Caroline Says?) and some cryptic verbal badinage between protagonist and antagonist.

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  • Comment number 130. Posted by Blythy

    on 15 Feb 2013 23:52

    Hmm...

    I reckon Kathryn Bigelow would be a good shout.

    Guy Ritchie maybe? The sherlock holmes films are awesome. But maybe wouldn't necessarily fit with Bond.

    I'd be happy with Edgar Wright, Matthew Vaughn, Danny Boyle, Paul Greengrass, Christopher Nolan, Brad Bird, David Fincher or Sam Mendes though.

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  • Comment number 129. Posted by Martin Jack

    on 15 Feb 2013 21:39

    David Fincher.

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