Potential Bond Directors

by 99Tfl | created - 13 Jul 2018 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

With Cary Fukunaga currently working on 'No Time To Die’, I've decided to come up with a list of directors that I would certainly welcome to the franchise in the future.

1. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Dunkirk

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.

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Despite ruling himself out for the time being, Nolan has not said no to the idea completely.

2. Denis Villeneuve

Director | Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started his career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013), ...

He turned down the offer to focus on his 'Dune' reboot, but has not ruled it out completely.

3. Christopher McQuarrie

Writer | The Usual Suspects

Christopher McQuarrie is an acclaimed producer, director and an Academy Award® winning writer. McQuarrie grew up in Princeton Junction, New Jersey and in lieu of college, he spent the first five years out of school traveling and working at a detective agency. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue...

His work on 'Mission: Impossible' shows he can handle big-budget action sequences. Also, he wants to do one.

4. Guy Ritchie

Director | Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and ...

Loved his 'Sherlock Holmes' movies, loved 'The Man from UNCLE'.

5. Justin Lin

Producer | Furious 6

Justin Lin is a Taiwanese-American film director whose films have grossed $2 billion worldwide. He is best known for his work on Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious 3-6 and Star Trek Beyond. He is also known for his work on television shows like Community and the second season of True ...

Big-budget action franchises are his niche, after all.

6. David Yates

Director | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

David Yates was born on October 8, 1963 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England. He is a director and producer, known for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and The Legend of Tarzan (2016).

When the 'Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts' saga is finished for good, his services will be in real demand.

7. Rian Johnson

Director | Brick

Rian Johnson was born in Maryland and at a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film Brick (2005) was released in 2005 and was ...

Yes, he's pissed off half the world with 'The Last Jedi', but he's a truly talented director who can be trusted to take a few risks.

8. Neil Marshall

Director | Dog Soldiers

Neil Marshall was born on May 25, 1970 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He is a director and producer, known for Dog Soldiers (2002), The Descent (2005) and Doomsday (2008). He was previously married to Axelle Carolyn.

Experienced veteran of film and TV, now doing the 'Hellboy' reboot.

9. Susanne Bier

Director | Hævnen

Though Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award winning writer and director Susanne Bier's films often play out against a wide-reaching global backdrop, their focus is intimate, carefully exploring the explosive emotions and complexities of familial bonds. This unique combination is part ...

Everyone who considers Hiddleston for the role of Bond point to his work in 'The Night Manager.' Fewer have pointed to her work as director on the same miniseries as why she can direct a Bond film proper.

10. Kenneth Branagh

Actor | Henry V

Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter, and Frances (Harper), both born in 1930. He has two siblings, William Branagh, Jr. (born 1955) and Joyce Branagh (born 1970). When he was nine, his family ...

I'm a fan of his films, and his work this past decade on big-budget genre works show his capability for the job (getting him as director also saves time finding a potential villain).

11. Brad Bird

Writer | The Incredibles

Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films. Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana, the youngest of four children of Marjorie A. (née Cross) and Philip Cullen Bird. His father worked in...

'Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol' was a blast, and his involvement means Michael Giacchino would be involved too.

12. Edgar Wright

Director | Shaun of the Dead

Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...

Just have him keep a similar tone to 'Baby Driver' (a good balance between action, seriousness and comedy). Or even just make him the writer.

13. Patty Jenkins

Director | Wonder Woman

Patty Jenkins is a writer/director best known for directing Wonder Woman, the Warner Bros./DC Comics blockbuster of 2017, and her debut feature Monster. Patty also works in television where she is best known for the pilot and finale episode of AMC's hit show The Killing.

Patty began her career as a ...

I loved 'Wonder Woman', I cannot wait for the sequel, I think she handled the former very well, and that's my reasoning.

14. Doug Liman

Producer | Edge of Tomorrow

Doug Liman was born on July 24, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Swingers (1996) and Fair Game (2010).

'The Bourne Identity', 'Edge of Tomorrow' and 'American Made' all prove his worthiness to direct a really entertaining and well-crafted film.

15. David Leitch

Actor | Deadpool 2

David Leitch is a billion dollar film director, actor, stuntman, writer, producer, and stunt coordinator. He co-directed John Wick (2014) with Chad Stahelski, which he also served as producer. David directed Atomic Blonde (2017) starring Charlize Theron. David also directed the box office smash and...

Because under him, the fight scenes would be so awesome (See ‘John Wick’, ‘Atomic Blonde’ and ‘Deadpool 2’).

16. F. Gary Gray

Director | Set It Off

F. Gary Gray was born on July 17, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA as Felix Gary Gray. He is a director and producer, known for Set It Off (1996), The Italian Job (2003) and The Negotiator (1998).

He has experience in both action thrillers and in more intimate, character films-good qualities for a potential Bond director.

17. Gary Ross

Writer | Pleasantville

Gary Ross is an American writer, director and actor born November 3rd, 1956 in Los Angeles, California. His father was screenwriter Arthur A. Ross (1920 - 2008). After writing for television series Deadly Nightmares (1983) in 1986, Ross broke through by penning the Tom Hanks hit Big (1988), his ...

Experienced writer-director, capable of handling big budgets and star-filled casts.

18. Gareth Evans

Director | Serbuan Maut

Welsh born writer/director, in 2003 directed a short film "Samurai Monogatari" telling the tale of a Samurai waiting to be executed. The short was in Japanese language and starred students from Tokyo who were studying at Cardiff University at the time.

In 2003 he also graduated with an MA in ...

The reputation of ‘The Raid’ and its sequel would make even Evans being on any official shortlists worth being excited for.

19. Gareth Edwards

Visual_effects | Monsters

Gareth James Edwards was born on June 1, 1975 in the English town of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Growing up, he admired movies such as the 1977 classic "Star Wars", and went on to pursue a film career. He even cites George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as his biggest influences. Edwards studied BA (Hons) ...

Not only can he handle big-budget visual effects and action sequences, he can do so on a budget. And after Spectre’s overspending, that’s something to aim for for a while.

20. Joe Wright

Director | Pride & Prejudice

Joe Wright is an English film director. He is best known for Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), Anna Karenina (2012), and Darkest Hour (2017).

Wright always had an interest in the arts, especially painting. He would also make films on his Super 8 camera as well as spend time in the evenings...

Although ‘Pan’ was a huge misfire, and most of his films have been more awards-baity, his work on ‘Hanna’ shows he could do a great action thriller.

21. Jacques Audiard

Writer | De rouille et d'os

Born in Paris, France, in 1952. Jacques Audiard's family has always been involved in movie business. His father, Michel, was a popular screenwriter and director and his uncle a producer. But in his teens he refused that world and wanted to be a teacher. He studied literature and philosophy at the ...

He would continue the trend of more artistic directors in the franchise, and many of his films have been both crime/dramas and highly acclaimed.

22. Matthew Vaughn

Producer | Kick-Ass

Matthew Vaughn is an English film producer and director. He is known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) and for directing the crime thriller, Layer Cake (2004), the fantasy epic, Stardust (2007), the superhero comedy, Kick-Ass (2010), and the ...

Let’s be honest-looking at ‘Kingsman’, he would do a great job.

23. Lynne Ramsay

Director | You Were Never Really Here

Lynne Ramsay was born on December 5, 1969 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland. She is a director and writer, known for You Were Never Really Here (2017), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and Morvern Callar (2002). She was previously married to Rory Stewart Kinnear.

Her penchant for dark thrillers would bring a more psychologically tense approach to the franchise than previous entries.

24. David Mackenzie

Director | Perfect Sense

David Mackenzie was born on May 10, 1966 in Scotland. He is a director and producer, known for Perfect Sense (2011), Hell or High Water (2016) and Starred Up (2013).

The acclaimed ‘Hell or High Water’, as well as the big-budgeted ‘Outlaw King’ being (at the least) competent, certainly give him a boost in the running.

25. Tomas Alfredson

Director | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tomas Alfredson was born on April 1, 1965 in Lidingö, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is known for his work on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Let the Right One In (2008) and Four Shades of Brown (2004). He was previously married to Cissi Elwin.

Being the director of the acclaimed ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ probably gives him goodwill in this field.

26. James Wan

Writer | Saw

James Wan (born 26 February 1977) is an Australian film producer, screenwriter and film director of Malaysian Chinese descent. He is widely known for directing the horror film Saw (2004) and creating Billy the puppet. Wan has also directed Dead Silence (2007), Death Sentence (2007), Insidious (2010)...

With both ‘Furious 7’ and ‘Aquaman’ acclaimed for being fun action-adventures, and his highly successful ‘Insidious’ and ‘Conjuring’ franchises, he could make a really interesting addition (throwback or borderline horror).

27. James Mangold

Producer | Logan

James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted (1999), Walk the Line (2005), which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma (2007), The Wolverine (2013), and Logan (2017).

Mangold also wrote and directed Cop...

He has proven he can do a great Bond film time and again with ‘3.10 to Yuma’, ‘Knight and Day’ and his two ‘Wolverine’ films.

28. Reed Morano

Director | The Handmaid's Tale

Reed Morano was born on April 15, 1977 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She is known for directing and executive producing the pilot and episodes 1 & 2 of The Handmaid's Tale (2017) as well as directing the feature film, Meadowland (2015). As a cinematographer, Reed is known for her work on Lemonade (2016)...

Has already done an action thriller with EON Productions-the upcoming 'The Rhythm Section'. If it turns out well, she could have a chance at Bond.

29. John Crowley

Director | Brooklyn

John Crowley was born on August 19, 1969 in Cork, Ireland. He is a director, known for Brooklyn (2015), Boy A (2007) and Intermission (2003). He is married to Fiona Weir. They have one child.

In keeping with recent tradition of hiring more artistically minded filmmakers-his best known work is 'Brooklyn' and HBO's 'True Detective'.

30. Rupert Wyatt

Director | Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Writer, Director and Producer Rupert Wyatt was born and raised in the South of England.

He is the founding member of the film collective Picture Farm that along with its prolific Commercial output has produced numerous Documentaries and Feature Films including the multi-award winning DARK DAYS (2001...

He's experienced in directing thrillers, and proved capable of handling big-budget films with 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'.

31. Mike Newell

Director | Four Weddings and a Funeral

Attended Cambridge University. Three year training course at Granada Television, with intention of going into theatre. Graduated to directing TV plays, building strong reputation for work with David Hare, David Edgar, Hohn, John Osborne, Jack Rosenthal.

A prolific director of film and TV, has handled large budgets with ‘Prince of Persia’ and ‘Goblet of Fire’, thrillers with ‘Bad Blood’ and crime with ‘Donnie Brasco’. While more of a journeyman, is still capable of a competent addition to the series.

32. Tate Taylor

Director | The Help

Tate Taylor was born on June 3, 1969 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. He is an actor and director, known for The Help (2011), Winter's Bone (2010) and Pretty Ugly People (2008).

Has proven his ability to direct thrillers with ‘The Girl On The Train’ and the upcoming ‘Ma’.

33. Niki Caro

Director | Whale Rider

Niki Caro is a New Zealand film director and screenwriter, born in 1967. Caro was born in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. She was educated first at the Kadimah College in Auckland, and then the Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland. The School is a private girls' school, and ranks ...

Another more 'serious' director, has been tasked with Disney's 'Mulan' remake.

34. Jaume Collet-Serra

Producer | The Shallows

Jaume Collet-Serra was born on March 23, 1974 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He is a producer and director, known for The Shallows (2016), Unknown (2011) and Orphan (2009).

More of a journeyman, but still a competent director capable of delivering an action film.

35. Michel Hazanavicius

Writer | The Artist

Michel Hazanavicius was born and raised in Paris, France. His grandparents were originally from Lithuania, but relocated to France in the 1920s. Hazanavicius attended art school, and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects. In 1999, he wrote and directed his first ...

Before directing ‘The Artist’, his first two films were spy comedies, Andy he also fits in the recent trend of more artistically inclined directors.



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