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Roger Deakins Will Not Return To Make 'Bond 24' Look Gorgeous

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 18, 2014 4:27 PM
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"Skyfall" set the Bond bar incredibly high, with the film becoming the first billion dollar box office earner in the history of the franchise, and it looks like one of the key ingredients to its success is moving on. We'll let Kristopher Tapley let you know himself via the following tweet:

Bummer, dudes. Deakins was nominated for an Oscar for his gorgeous work on Sam Mendes' film, with "Skyfall" marking their third collaboration together following "Jarhead" and "Revolutionary Road." It's not clear why Deakins won't be returning this time around, but we presume he feels he's put his beautiful stamp on Bond and wants to move on to other things. Or perhaps it's just something as simple as scheduling keeping him out of the game. Either way, Mendes will have to get someone new behind the camera (and it's a shame Conrad L. Hall—who lensed "Road To Perdition" and "American Beauty"—is no longer with us as we would've loved to see what he could with Bond).

So let us know below—who do you think would make a great cinematographer for the next Bond movie? We're guessing a decision will come down soon as the film is getting ready to start rolling in time for a November 6, 2015 release.
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  • Ellen | February 27, 2014 8:13 AMReply

    Anthony Dod Mantle.......... would bring something new, innovative........

  • Marge | February 20, 2014 12:08 AMReply

    That tweet would have been just as informative (and less ingratiating) had he left off the self-congratulatory "At dinner with Deakins last night".

  • Tocus T | February 19, 2014 10:39 PMReply

    Robert Richardson.

  • WFE | February 19, 2014 2:47 PMReply

    Jeff Cronenweth's style would suit the Bond films, especially after Deakins going in a new direction with the "Bond Look"

  • Bryan | February 20, 2014 8:38 PM


  • Jojo | February 19, 2014 5:07 AMReply

    awful news!

  • Ian Peterson | February 19, 2014 1:23 AMReply

    Note to self: When dining with Kristopher Tapley refrain from sharing too much.

  • Eileen Bobbitt | February 19, 2014 12:51 AMReply

    I sure hope that Sean Bobbitt B.S.C. will be in the running for this film. He certainly has been recognized by the Industry for his work in 12 Years A Slave and The Place Beyond The Pines.

  • la2000 | February 18, 2014 9:15 PMReply

    Nicolas Bolduc

  • DJP | February 18, 2014 8:56 PMReply

    Doyle. Christopher Doyle.

  • Vill | February 19, 2014 5:57 AM

    Yes! Well played.

  • Robert Jewell | February 18, 2014 7:58 PMReply

    Tak Fujimoto or Janusz Kaminski

  • Alex | February 18, 2014 6:57 PMReply

    Javier Aguirresarobe ("The road", "Blue Jasmine") would do really great

  • CS | February 18, 2014 6:04 PMReply

    Let Nicolas Winding Refn do cinematography and co-direct.

  • Robbie | February 19, 2014 2:01 AM

    Um no asshole.

  • Tim | February 18, 2014 5:54 PMReply

    They already did a disservice by not letting Alfonso Cuaron do it. Now they have to use Lubezki

  • Starway2001 | February 18, 2014 5:35 PMReply

    Jeff Cronenweth

  • JD | February 18, 2014 4:48 PMReply

    This is great news. Who wants Deakins wasting his talent on another 6-month Bond shoot? If it wasn't for Skyfall, he would have shot Inside Llewyn Davis and probably another adult-friendly movie like Killing Them Softly. Best of all, leaving Bond should keep him free to reunite with the Coen Brothers on their next project.

  • Robbies | February 19, 2014 2:03 AM

    So Inside Lewelyn Davis wasn't beautifully shot?

  • w1f1as3v15a.s1tr | February 18, 2014 6:26 PM

    kts would have been luminous shot by rd.

    good point. not sure why bond needs it

  • JD's Homeboi | February 18, 2014 6:01 PM

    JD - Gotta hand it to you, ya nailed it! Thank you for saving me the time it would have taken to write pretty much what you said.

    Instead I spent that time to write "Well done, JD" :D

  • Bob Dylan's Hairdresser | February 18, 2014 5:04 PM


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  • Lucas Charrier | February 18, 2014 4:48 PMReply

    Sad news... But there are so many great cinematohraphers who could be perfect for the job : Wally Pfister, Emmanuel Lubezki, Janusz Kamiński, Robert Richardson, Robert Elswit, Joaquín Baca-Asay, Linus Sandgren, Frank G. DeMarco, Philippe Le Sourd, Daniel Mindel...

  • Dwigt | February 18, 2014 5:58 PM

    @Franka With Christopher Nolan's backing, even a donkey directing an unintelligible script can have a hit these days. Evidence A: Man of Steel.

  • Franka | February 18, 2014 5:53 PM

    "You can scratch Pfister from that list, he's not a DP anymore. He's just directing nowadays." Yeah, lets just see how Transcendence does first. He wouldn't be the first DP turned filmmaker that has to rush back to his day job because the other vocation didn't pan out.

  • Q_Q | February 18, 2014 5:43 PM

    Rodrigo Prieto, Hoyte van Hoytema, Anthony Dod Mantle, Sean Bobbitt, Greig Fraser, Guillermo Navarro.

  • Mkay | February 18, 2014 5:27 PM

    You can scratch Pfister from that list, he's not a DP anymore. He's just directing nowadays.

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