WHO IS/WAS YOUR FAVORITE JAMES BOND DIRECTOR?

edited October 2012 in Bond Movies Posts: 83
When it comes down to it its all up to the director to make the best adaptation of script into film. As Martin Campbell stated in CR, "This is Bond at the beginning of his career and Pierce was too old for the part" He successfully launched GE and CR, but if we look back we have Guy Hamilton Lewis Gilbert that did consecutive films, much like having a football coach. What do you think?
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  • Lewis Gilbert. He directed my fav TSWLM and close to the top MR. I have a soft spot for John Glenn but think Martin Cambell is my second fav.
  • HASEROTHASEROT has returned like the tedious inevitability of an unloved season---
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    i've gone back and forth with the directors - much like the films, it depends on the mood i am in lol.... it's hard to pick just one... but the ones i prefer would be..

    Terence Young
    Guy Hamilton
    Peter Hunt
    ---- pretty much that whole 60's era had some fantastic direction
    Martin Campbell
    Marc Forster (sans the action bits)

    i have yet to see Skyfall, but i think Mendes will be added to that list as well eventually..
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Overall, I guess I'd have to say John Glen- he made a few errors, but was quite versatile and gave us some of the best of Moore as well as Dalton's two.
    Terrence Young, Lewis Gilbert, Peter Hunt & Martin Campbell all rock though...
  • Peter Hunt by far.

    Young, Gilbert, Forster all had their moments.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe JenaMaloneforBond.comModerator
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    The man was responsible for my two favourite Bond films, how could I not pick John Glen.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    if we look back we have Guy Hamilton
    I loved his style, but his take on 'serious' was in question for me... still, DAF & THWTGG are two strange favourites of mine. But Remo Williams was his finest achievement IMO! :)>-
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    Lewis Gilbert. Pure widescreen cinematic joy!
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    The man was responsible for my two favourite Bond films, how could I not pick John Glen.
    If those two are the two I think they are, I heartily agree.
    Plus he showed that Moore was SO capable of a serious Bond (delicatessen in stainless steel & Tarzan yell aside). =D>
  • I loved seeing John Glenn at the premiere being interviewed. He is such a nice guy and feels like a real link to the history of Bond. He made 4 brilliant films in my books, only AVTAK let him down. As much as I love Rog that film is not as good as the rest Rog did.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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  • John Glen. OP is in my top 10, FYEO is good and the Dalton films are my all time favourites.

    No contest really.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    John Glen. OP is in my top 10, FYEO is good and the Dalton films are my all time favourites.
    Total agreement.
    \m/
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    Terence Young and Guy Hamilton are my favorites.
  • chrisisall wrote:
    As I am new to the Community I was not aware of the poll. Sorry folks
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Dr_Metz wrote:
    Terence Young and Guy Hamilton are my favorites.
    Will you get out of here, you irritating man?
    (DAF love)
    As I am new to the Community I was not aware of the poll. Sorry folks
    Hey, I think it's cool!
  • Heart says John Glen (LTK is my fave Bond ever) but head says Martin Campbell. Goldeneye and Casino Royale are 007 masterpieces.

    MARTIN CAMPBELL MUST RETURN FOR THE QUANTUM SHOWDOWN
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Heart says John Glen (LTK is my fave Bond ever)
    Heart rulz.
  • Martin Campbell. I did an excellent job directing Goldeneye.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 I've missed you all.
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    Young, Campbell and Mendes. Nuff said.
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    Martin Campbell. I did an excellent job directing Goldeneye.

    Forget that rubbish he made Casino royale which pisses over the tripe of Goldeneye.

    I got to give it to Young,Hunt and Mendes too who made true works of art.
  • I'm adamant there was another thread for this somewhere in archives, but won't dispute

    Hamilton was a name I first thought of, in that Live and Let Die and Golden Gun are such good releases, but then again, you have Diamonds are Forever and Goldfinger..

    Campbell did a great job with both Goldeneye and Royale @lahaine

    Gilbert also, for his Moonraker work, and The Spy Who Loved Me, although You Only Live Twice is a bit hit and miss

    Glen of course was a mainstay of the 1980s and had a mixed bag, and while Dalton did well as part of that, for sheer Bond greatness and superlatives, you can't look much past Connery in the early 1960s, so Terence Young may well take the honors with the outstanding Dr No and Russia releases. (Thunderball also, but Connery was past his supreme best by then I feel)
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    Peter Hunt.
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    Zekidk wrote:
    Lewis Gilbert. Pure widescreen cinematic joy!

    Ditto and all those directors previous. 'Moonraker' IMO was the last consummate Bond film.

  • pachazopachazo Make Your Choice
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    This is really tough because a lot of them have had hits and misses. So I'll have to go with Martin Campbell just for being consistently awesome.
  • ShardlakeShardlake Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
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    1. Peter Hunt
    2. Sam Mendes
    3. Terence Young
    4. Martin Campbell
    5. John Glenn
  • Glen because for 8 years he delivered consistently good films, including the Dalton films which I rate as the best in the series.

    The only bad film he made was AVTAK and even that has Walken, the Eifel Tower BASE jump and some good lines.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 I've missed you all.
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    Uh...I linked the thread that was created first, hence making this a duplicate. :-??
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    1. Terrence Young
    2. Peter Hunt
    3. Guy Hamilton
    4. Lewis Gilbert
    5. John Glen
    6. Martin Campbell
    7. Sam Mendes
    8. Michael Apted
    9. Marc Forster
    10. Roger Spottiswood
    11. Lee Tamahori


    The top 4 are the cream of the crop. Terrence Young is the creator, and Peter Hunt was the apprentice who went on to carry on the tradition set by Young with OHMSS--while bringing the action to another level altogether (pity the poor fellow who finds this film overrated). Hamilton brought the cinematic, iconic Bond as we've come to know it over the years with GF and DAF. Lewis Gilbert brought in the element of grand spectacle with YOLT, TSWLM and MR.
    John Glen carried on the Young-Hunt lineage but lacked the flaire and dazzle that the other two brought--but still brought out solid, workmanship Bond films in FYEO, OP and TLD. Campbell revived the Bond 'feel' with Goldeneye (and CR for many fans [not this one though--but kudos for the noir PTS at least]). Mendes was pretty solid with SF, but perhaps more credit goes to Roger Deakins, for producing one of the best looking Bond films in years. The rest of the lot kind all blend in together with bringing average results. I have Apted a bit higher because I think he took some risks with TWINE by going more character driven, even though the results didn't quite play out successfully. Forster still has a good eye, but lacked the execution and grasp of the franchise. Spottiswood deserves a mention for some impressive action sequences, but that's about it. Lee Tamahori actually did bring some strong moments in DAD but some really shabby ones too...mostly shabby ones.
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