What Directors Should Helm A Bond Film?

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  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
    edited February 2012 Posts: 13,340
    RogueAgent wrote:
    I am not sure if that is something that DC's Bond will allow. He is obviously taking a more grittier take on the role.

    Of course it will. Gritty does not mean the current films can't be given a '60's look or feel.
    RogueAgent wrote:
    Perhaps Skyfall will introduce a few more lighter elements back into the series? Only time will tell?

    Older elements are coming back, that much is for certain. We've only got to look at what we know to confirm that.
  • ShardlakeShardlake Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
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    Tomas Alfredson, he's already directed probably the best spy film ever, great actors want to work with him, we might have an issue with the action but Mendes isn't actually Mr Action is he?

    Why he didn't get nominated for Best Director is beyond me, Tinker Tailor will be spoke about in 30 years whereas that vastly overrated film with the cute dog will be forgotten like so many Award hoarders of the past.

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    Brad Bird ghost protocol was brilliant.
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    Wild card entry - Sam Raimi.
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    Wild card entry - Sam Raimi.

    WHAT? Why? What has he done thats even resembles something good?

    Spiderman was.. alright. but other than that?
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    .....How about an old timer......Ridley Scott!!!! ;)
  • echoecho 007 in New York
    edited February 2012 Posts: 5,201
    JWESTBROOK wrote:
    Wild card entry - Sam Raimi.

    WHAT? Why? What has he done thats even resembles something good?

    Spiderman was.. alright. but other than that?

    Raimi is great with genre. He's more like Campbell than most of the suggestions on here. Spielberg is way past his prime (Catch Me If You Can was 10 years ago) and Nolan would make it even more serious and ponderous.

    Tom Twyker would be interesting.
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    echo wrote:
    Tom Twyker would be interesting.

    Indeed. Though, all I remember of The International was that it impressed me. I will definitely be returning to it soon though!

    His 'portfolio' looks to be fitting with the recent selections in Bond directors. Not all action, but promising!
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    The Evil Dead series, Darkman, A Simple Plan, Spiderman, Drag me to Hell are all pretty good in my opinion, I'm not suggesting it will ever happen but I think Raimi would be great with a more light hearted, fast paced Bond film.
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    Coen Brothers

    No Country For Old Men and True Grit, incredible films
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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    JWESTBROOK wrote:
    echo wrote:
    Tom Twyker would be interesting.

    Indeed. Though, all I remember of The International was that it impressed me. I will definitely be returning to it soon though!

    His 'portfolio' looks to be fitting with the recent selections in Bond directors. Not all action, but promising!

    I loved 'The International' ! Clive Owen is the ultimate Bond-that-never-was. One of my favorite film of 2009.

  • M_BaljeM_Balje Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    Shekhar Kapur http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001408/

    In a thread about future writers i sugest the writers (writers of mix for old & young audince, drama and thrillers) Hossein Amini ( Shanghai 2010, Drive) and Michael Schiffer (The Peacemaker, Crimson Tide) , the directer and some other people of the crew ( it mean a comeback to Bond like Allan Cameron, the production designer of TMND) from The Four Feathers. Vic Armstrong is the second united directer of the movie and whyle i expect he wil never return to Bond, i think it can be intresting to have Shekhar Kapur as directer and Hossein Amini (With or without P&W) as writer. Or the return of Sam Mendes, Amini as writer and the costume designer from Four Feathers (Who also did The Painted Veil, Unknown and Daniel Craig with The Golden Compass ), Skyfall or Julie Weiss (American Beauty & Shanghai 2010).


    The Four Feathers. Written by Hossein Amini and Michael Schiffer. Directed by Shekhar Kapur.


    Shanghai 2010. Written by Hossein Amini.

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    John mctierman (ok I've probably spelt it wrong, anyways back in the 80s he directed die hard)
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    John mctierman (ok I've probably spelt it wrong, anyways back in the 80s he directed die hard)

    I'd love to see Bond in a Die Hard situation. Perhaps stuck in the villains lair, and they somehow don't know it quite yet!

    Would work with a book adaptation of You Only Live Twice, in Bolfeld's suicide fortress.
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    McTiernan, but you were near enough

    I thought John's third Die Hard was better than the original, but Renny Harlin gave us a very good second outing

    Die Hard and James Bond, while sharing similarities on occasion, are two seperate Genres, and I don't think we should entertain the thought of mixing them too much. - 'Yippee Ki Yay, M-f'ers, a Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred' as Bond parades about in a filthy white vest, well it's not for me, and above all Mc Tiernan just doesn't feel suitable as a possible candidate as future director, although I seem to remember some time back possibly putting his name forward, but if I think about it now, maybe he should just steer clear of the idea
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    SAM wrote:
    I agree with many of the proposals put forward i.e. Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, X Men First Class).

    But their are several directors that have not been mentioned including:

    Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood)
    Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, K19: The Widowmaker)
    Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Black Swan)
    David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method)

    or Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale)

    I like your list of directors but not Darren Aronofsky.
    I like his movies but the documentary style of movie making(shaky cam) will not work for Bond.

    I will just add David Fincher to this list.
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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    I'd like to see Takeshi Kitano have a go at it.
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    I'd like to see Takeshi Kitano have a go at it.

    Googled him and the first image I find is him holding a gun to his head. Quite the impression! Haha, but I haven't seen any of his films. And specifics you'd recommend?

    I fear he's nowhere near Eon's radar. I'd like to see them be a little more dangerous after Skyfall. While I'm extremely happy with the talent they've lined up, they're playing it extremely safe. Lets see what magic can happen through an up-and-coming director and a few unknown actors... oh wait.. Quantum of Solace comes to mind :P

    *Actually Quantum's flaws where in the writing room and editing room. I'd honestly be willing to let Forster get a second shot at a Bond film.
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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    You don't know Kitano ??? :O

    I suggest you watch Sonatine and Hani-Bi right away !!
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    My full list

    1- Quentin Tarantino. Can't stress enough how awesome it would be. He's probably my favourite director ever.

    2- John Woo. And before I get a load of comments telling me to watch MI2 to see why it would be a bad idea, I think he could do it.

    3- Catherine Bigalow. Point break was awesome and I'd love to see her be the first woman to direct a bond film.

    4- Ricardo Rodriguez. The el mariachi trilogy was great so I'd like him to do a bond film.

    5- Steven Speilberg. I know he's old and it will probably never happen but he's not retired yet.
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    You don't know Kitano ??? :O

    I suggest you watch Sonatine and Hani-Bi right away !!

    I'm on it!
    My full list

    1- Quentin Tarantino. Can't stress enough how awesome it would be. He's probably my favourite director ever.

    I'd like him to do a spy/espionage film, but I think it should be an Italian. Eon will never let him put is beautiful hands on Bond unfortunately. Perhaps after Kill Bill III we can convince him ;)

    2- John Woo. And before I get a load of comments telling me to watch MI2 to see why it would be a bad idea, I think he could do it.

    3- Catherine Bigalow. Point break was awesome and I'd love to see her be the first woman to direct a bond film.

    I enjoy MI2. People complained there wasn't enough action in the first one, and that it was too complicated. I think Woo over-compromised a bit, but I love seeing series take on new styles with each installment. Its a beautiful film, with beautiful people, locations, and stunts galore! And the plot isn't even that bad! Again, I feel like people only remember the bad parts (which, really, aren't bad at all when compared to some of the stuff Bond's gone through!)

    And Cathy is probably the more realistic choice (unfortunately, but fortunately) on your list. I agree, her filmography so far is excellent, and she could definitely produce a worthy Bond film. Babs strikes me as someone jealous for some reason though. Hopefully thats false intuition on my part!
    4- Ricardo Rodriguez. The el mariachi trilogy was great so I'd like him to do a bond film.

    I have a love-hate relationship with him. I thoroughly enjoy the Mariachi trilogy, as well as Sin City and From Dusk Til Dawn. However, they all have parts where I just don't see why he did what he did. And Machete still hasn't grown on me. But again, Tarantino is more likely than him. I wouldn't think I'd want a Bond from him. His heros are nothing like Bond.

    And Spielberg.. it'd be great, but I don't see it happening. It just doesn't seem like him. He hasen't even gone back to the suspense-horror genre since Jaws (I believe)! He's all over the place. It would definitely be an odd sight.
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    John Woo would be nice, because Mission Impossible 2 has some of the best action I've ever seen on the screen! I think he could do some good for Bond shoot-outs and fist-fights, as he proved himself with Ethan Hunt!
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    00Beast wrote:
    John Woo would be nice, because Mission Impossible 2 has some of the best action I've ever seen on the screen! I think he could do some good for Bond shoot-outs and fist-fights, as he proved himself with Ethan Hunt!

    I'd like a big director duo. Or perhaps bring a Woo - like director on as second unit. That'd be so amazing. Mendes for the drama, Woo for the action. Best. Bond. Film. Ever.
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    JWESTBROOK wrote:
    00Beast wrote:
    John Woo would be nice, because Mission Impossible 2 has some of the best action I've ever seen on the screen! I think he could do some good for Bond shoot-outs and fist-fights, as he proved himself with Ethan Hunt!

    I'd like a big director duo. Or perhaps bring a Woo - like director on as second unit. That'd be so amazing. Mendes for the drama, Woo for the action. Best. Bond. Film. Ever.

    Yeah, one thing that Woo wasn't terribly strong in was drama and plot. MI2 didn't have a solid plot like the first one, but was carried through by the action in the second half. MI1 didn't have good action, but was carried through by the complex plot, so I definitely hear you about the duo!
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    How about Tom Ford? I've just seen "A Single Man" which was his first (and so far only) movie. Thanks to QOS and SF he already has some experience with Bond. :)
  • echoecho 007 in New York
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    Kathryn Bigelow, The Property of A Lady.
  • how about David Fincer.........the director of the girl with dragon tatoon(have not seen it yet but has history with Craig which is important for the main character?)
  • edited April 2012 Posts: 774
    I'd like to see Edgar Wright do it. Though his style is quite unique, and might not be suited to a Bond film.

    Nicolas Winding Refn would be great, 'Drive' was my favourite movie of 2011 and it shows how well he can combine action, drama and more emotional scenes. Often without even using dialogue. He would be perfect for a Bond film. If you haven't seen 'Drive', watch it, it's amazing.
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    Volante wrote:
    I'd like to see Edgar Wright do it. Though his style is quite unique, and might not be suited to a Bond film.

    Nicolas Winding Refn would be great, 'Drive' was my favourite movie of 2011 and it shows how well he can combine action, drama and more emotional scenes. Often without even using dialogue. He would be perfect for a Bond film. If you haven't seen 'Drive', watch it, it's amazing.

    He's also one of the few Europeans thats been suggested, so he might actually have a chance down the road...
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    Quentin without a doubt. He would bring a really interesting flavor to the series. However, it would probably only work in an OHMSS situation where you try a new actor and a new everything for just one movie. As a side note to this, I’d really love to see Michael Fassbender play Bond, specifically because of how I saw him act in what is my favorite Tarantino movie, Inglorious Bastards.
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