What Directors Should Helm A Bond Film?

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  • Junglist_1985Junglist_1985 Los Angeles
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    Not too familiar with Berger, but based on his filmography and his lists of influences/favorite films etc in interviews, I think he'd be an excellent choice.
  • SecretAgentMan⁰⁰⁷SecretAgentMan⁰⁰⁷ Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria
    edited December 2023 Posts: 1,363
    i think no matter how good a director is, if he doesn't understand what makes a Bond film feel like a Bond film, he would just make another action film. NTTD is an example. Its action scenes hits harder than SP, but in the end, SP feels more Bond and elegant than it. If Bond doesn't do Bondian things, no matter how bombastic the action scenes are, it would feel generic...simply because it's Bond. For example, Martin Campbell putting the statue on the tank in GE during the chase, is an example of that extra something that makes Bond work. So I feel Barbara & Michael should also make sure the director understands Bond too.
  • Venutius wrote: »
    talos7 wrote: »
    if I were offered both there’s no doubt that I’d pick Bond.
    If Doug Liman had been offered Bond or Bourne, he'd've picked Bond too! He said that the reason he bought the film rights to The Bourne Identity and was because he wanted to direct a Bond film but he knew that EON would never hire him. 'I was sort of making Bourne because I really wanted to make Bond' - ironic that Liman created movie Bourne because he couldn't do Bond and then movie Bourne ended up influencing Bond's next iteration. Funny old world.

    The Bourne identity has a lot in common with FRWL.

    It's like Three Days of the Condor meets FRWL.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    M_Blaise wrote: »

    No. Zack Snyder should only make his own projects. I still hold him partially responsible for the DCEU failing. WB shouldn’t have hired him, if they wanted to have crowd pleasers. They should have realized how controversial he can be.

    As for Young Bond, I could go either way. It’s getting tiring too have Bond’s (or M’s) past coming back to haunt them.
  • Zack Snyder. No, no and no. He probably cast Jesse Eisenberg as Blofeld.
  • TheSkyfallen06TheSkyfallen06 Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    edited December 2023 Posts: 988
    Zack would add a explicit slow-mo love scene between Bond and the femmes at the rhytm of Hallelujah. Not to mention he would transform Bond's character into some kind of religious metaphor and turn him into something he isn't. Also a big load of slow-mo cuts during the action scenes and a gray-blue scale color grading.

    In other words, it's a NO for me.
  • SecretAgentMan⁰⁰⁷SecretAgentMan⁰⁰⁷ Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria
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    If I'm to pick from directors who came from music videos/commercials, David Fincher is the one I would go for.
  • Written by Richard Eden for the Daily Mail:

    "Is this further evidence Oppenheimer director Christopher Nolan is to take the helm of the next much-anticipated James Bond film?

    I spotted him doing a late bit of Christmas shopping last week in Jermyn Street, London, where 007 bought his clothes in Ian Fleming's novels.

    Nolan, 53, is said to want to make period versions of Fleming's thrillers, so where better to carry out some early research
    ?"

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-12902291/EDEN-CONFIDENTIAL-Christmas-miracle-Ewan-McGregors-ex-current-wife-bury-hatchet-spend-festive-season-together.html
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    Written by Richard Eden for the Daily Mail:

    "Is this further evidence Oppenheimer director Christopher Nolan is to take the helm of the next much-anticipated James Bond film?

    I spotted him doing a late bit of Christmas shopping last week in Jermyn Street, London, where 007 bought his clothes in Ian Fleming's novels.

    Nolan, 53, is said to want to make period versions of Fleming's thrillers, so where better to carry out some early research
    ?"

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-12902291/EDEN-CONFIDENTIAL-Christmas-miracle-Ewan-McGregors-ex-current-wife-bury-hatchet-spend-festive-season-together.html

    God I love the tabloids so much. Olympic level leaps of logic.
  • edited December 2023 Posts: 2,880
    Yeah, it'd be very unlikely that Nolan was doing some sort of 'early research'. Generally such research for costume design would be done... well, with the Costume Designer, and since it's a period piece (apparently) what would be gained by visiting the modern incarnations of these shops? If he was doing anything at this point it'd more likely be in the form of compiling general images for what kind of aesthetic he wants (again, with the Costume Designer, who would have to be on EON's payroll and thus official pre-production on the film would already have begun, which it hasn't). Even if he was attending some sort of meeting with a Tailor for such 'research' that'd mean the film would likely be further in development than it seemingly is. At the very least he'd have been announced as the Director, which he hasn't.

    It's actually not uncommon to see Nolan wandering around that part of West London, likely when he's not in LA. I have friends who still live there who've seen him in previous years at similar times. So no, he's probably not doing anything for Bond - he's just a rich middle aged man who shops in those parts of London.
  • talos7talos7 New Orleans
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    Or, yes far fetched, he’s “ hiding in plain sight” , and enjoying a good laugh.
  • DoctorKaufmannDoctorKaufmann Can shoot you from Stuttgart and still make it look like suicide.
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    At Christmas German TV aired the excellent 2011 movie TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY. And I remember that I thought, Thomas Alfredsson would be a guy, who could direct a Bond movie. Unforunately his next movie SNOWMAN flopped despite a good cast. Pity.
  • DoctorKaufmannDoctorKaufmann Can shoot you from Stuttgart and still make it look like suicide.
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    Wait, some Daily Mail bloke watched Nolan doing Christmas Shopping in London, and he took that as a sign, that Nolan will direct the next Bond movie? /:) :-B
    Remembers me, that, when they shot SP, Mark Strong visited the set, and people gathered, that Strong will be the Bond villain. A rumour Strong shut down at once, claiming he was around and visited his old mate Daniel Craig...
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    I wanted to share a thought I've been mulling over lately – what if Emerald Fennell took the reins for the next James Bond film? Hear me out.

    You might recall Fennell from "Promising Young Woman," a film that not only earned her an Oscar for screenwriting but also showcased her knack for injecting wit and mischief into her work. Now, picture that sensibility in a Bond film – a blend of action and character depth.

    Barbara Broccoli's attendance at the "Saltburn" BFI premiere caught my attention. That film might be divisive, but Fennell's flair for the daring and provocative could bring a unique flavour to the Bond franchise. Remember those sultry Cuba scenes in "No Time to Die"? Fennell could take that and amp it up. More character depth, more mischief – a Bond film with a real punch. I'm all for flamboyant, daring, and provocative – it keeps things spicy. She has a Tarantino vibe in breaking the rules with irreverence.

    Additionally, she has a track record of collaboration with Linus Sandgren, the DP behind the stunning visuals in "No Time to Die." Their synergy could elevate the visual experience of a Bond film to new heights.

    No frills, no jokes – just a straightforward suggestion. What are your thoughts on Fennell directing the next Bond adventure?

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  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
    edited January 4 Posts: 2,925
    Action, character depth, wit and mischief sounds like a great combination, tbf -what's not to like? Although, I have to 'fess that if Bond 26 was going to take a section of NTTD as a template to expand upon, I'd much prefer it to be Matera rather than Cuba. Played largely straight, with that classic sense of foreboding and danger beneath the surface beauty. Add some deadpan, black humour and that's the sort of Bond film I want to see.
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    Fennell's not a perfect director by any means, but she's clearly an interesting one with a lot of style. I'd prefer her to not have the lead involvement in writing the script (her endings aren't always strong in my opinion) but she'd add a lot. I enjoyed Saltburn, strange as it was (strong performances all round, although I'm not sure if it's sold me on Elordi as a Bond potential - if anything Keoghan came off as more Bondian at points).
  • LucknFateLucknFate 007 In New York
    edited January 4 Posts: 1,427
    I wanted to share a thought I've been mulling over lately – what if Emerald Fennell took the reins for the next James Bond film? Hear me out.

    You might recall Fennell from "Promising Young Woman," a film that not only earned her an Oscar for screenwriting but also showcased her knack for injecting wit and mischief into her work. Now, picture that sensibility in a Bond film – a blend of action and character depth.

    Barbara Broccoli's attendance at the "Saltburn" BFI premiere caught my attention. That film might be divisive, but Fennell's flair for the daring and provocative could bring a unique flavour to the Bond franchise. Remember those sultry Cuba scenes in "No Time to Die"? Fennell could take that and amp it up. More character depth, more mischief – a Bond film with a real punch. I'm all for flamboyant, daring, and provocative – it keeps things spicy. She has a Tarantino vibe in breaking the rules with irreverence.

    Additionally, she has a track record of collaboration with Linus Sandgren, the DP behind the stunning visuals in "No Time to Die." Their synergy could elevate the visual experience of a Bond film to new heights.

    No frills, no jokes – just a straightforward suggestion. What are your thoughts on Fennell directing the next Bond adventure?

    I am suspicious of her approach to certain things but would be very game for a Bond movie attempt I have to admit. I just haven't really liked her work so far, but it's visually striking and clearly connects with people, so maybe subject matter change could help me understand. Also didn't realize she'd worked on Killing Eve, part of which I liked.
  • Bentley007Bentley007 Manitoba, Canada
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    I wanted to share a thought I've been mulling over lately – what if Emerald Fennell took the reins for the next James Bond film? Hear me out.

    You might recall Fennell from "Promising Young Woman," a film that not only earned her an Oscar for screenwriting but also showcased her knack for injecting wit and mischief into her work. Now, picture that sensibility in a Bond film – a blend of action and character depth.

    Barbara Broccoli's attendance at the "Saltburn" BFI premiere caught my attention. That film might be divisive, but Fennell's flair for the daring and provocative could bring a unique flavour to the Bond franchise. Remember those sultry Cuba scenes in "No Time to Die"? Fennell could take that and amp it up. More character depth, more mischief – a Bond film with a real punch. I'm all for flamboyant, daring, and provocative – it keeps things spicy. She has a Tarantino vibe in breaking the rules with irreverence.

    Additionally, she has a track record of collaboration with Linus Sandgren, the DP behind the stunning visuals in "No Time to Die." Their synergy could elevate the visual experience of a Bond film to new heights.

    No frills, no jokes – just a straightforward suggestion. What are your thoughts on Fennell directing the next Bond adventure?

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    I would love to see Emerald Fennell involved in Bond 26 as either a writer or director. Not sure if there is anything to it but perhaps a relationship with Amazon has been paved as Saltburn pteimered in home release on Prime. This along with the apparent connection between Broccoli and Fennell could put it in the realm of possible. Fennell also has a history of working with Waller-Bridge who was celebrated by EON for her involvement in No Time To Die.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    007HallY wrote: »
    Fennell's not a perfect director by any means, but she's clearly an interesting one with a lot of style. I'd prefer her to not have the lead involvement in writing the script (her endings aren't always strong in my opinion) but she'd add a lot. I enjoyed Saltburn, strange as it was (strong performances all round, although I'm not sure if it's sold me on Elordi as a Bond potential - if anything Keoghan came off as more Bondian at points).

    That's my one concern with Fennell: she's a really fun storyteller but she doesn't always stick the landing and her twists can be a bit too forced.
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    Saltburn was brilliantly made and I would be fine with Fennell directing. But for some reason I doubt either side would be interested.
  • Chris Nolan just won a Golden Globe for Best Directing. He will very likely win the Best Directing Oscar too in about two months. Will all these awards make EON consider/reconsider hiring him?
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    Probably won’t make a difference either way honestly, but of course it’s still early days.
  • peterpeter Toronto
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    talos7 wrote: »

    They easily discovered who the poor the poor woman was.

    She recovered quite nicely saying she loved Oppenheimer, and asked Nolan to join another of her classes, 😂.

    Nolan can be such a supreme twit.
  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
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    From what I've read about Tenet on here, it sounds like she nailed it, tbh... ;)
  • DoctorKaufmannDoctorKaufmann Can shoot you from Stuttgart and still make it look like suicide.
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    Venutius wrote: »
    From what I've read about Tenet on here, it sounds like she nailed it, tbh... ;)

    TENET is a mess of a movie, shaking cameras, a lot of noise they claim to call it music, and the story is so overtly complicated, that I suspect, the only purpose was, that the audience does not get it the first time, and maybe even not on second viewing, but third time. I watched it once, and completely forgot it after I'd left the theatre. Nolan can do better, OPPENHEIMER was ... okay. But the last really good Nolan movie IMHO is INCEPTION, although the story is also complicated and outlandish, but at least it gets the attention and anticipation of the audience and is entertaining and suspenseful, plus it has Hans Zimmer's great score...
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Her problem isn't Tenet it's narcissism. She had just one job.

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    Rosamund's acting is exquisite in Saltburn. EON made the right decision giving her first big break in Bond, in spite of the quality of the movie DAD turned out being.
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