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Who Should Direct Bond 24? Take Our Poll

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz | Thompson on Hollywood March 7, 2013 at 4:17PM

Now that Sam Mendes has dropped out of directing "Bond 24," who should helm the follow-up to the billion-dollar "Skyfall"? The new MI6 table's been set with M (Ralph Fiennes), Q (Ben Whishaw), and Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), and with no more rites of passage or existential crises to deal with, Daniel Craig's 007 is now fully formed and reporting for duty "with pleasure."
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Cons: He might be a tad straight-on sober for this.

Ridley Scott
Pros: He can do anything with superb visual panache.

Cons: He has nothing to prove; this would probably bore him. He doesn't need a hit, the usual reason to tackle Bond.

Bryan Singer
Pros: He knows how to handle a mammoth project with action and VFX. After "Valkyrie" and "Jack the Giant Slayer," he could use a hit.

Cons: He can be volatile to work with and unreliable about staying on budget and schedule, doesn't always toe the line with his studio handlers.

Quentin Tarantino
Pros: He already tried to do "Casino Royale" for Pierce Brosnan. Could turn Bond on its head with a glorious commentary on the franchise.

Cons: He's turned down directing other people's material; even if he did his own script, he might subvert and undermine the franchise. Already rejected by Wilson and Broccoli; too much of an idiosyncratic auteur who would prefer keeping Bond rooted in the '60s.

Matthew Vaughn
Pros: He's already worked with Craig on "Layer Cake," which was the movie that got him the Bond gig; he's tackled more action with mixed results in "Kick-Ass" and got a taste of franchise pressure with "X-Men: First Class." If anyone can bring some pleasure back to Bond and help Craig "light the fuse on any explosive situation" (to borrow a phrase from "Die Another Day"), it's Vaughn.

Cons: Busy developing "The Fantastic Four" reboot as producer at Fox; might not be prestigious enough to follow in Mendes' footsteps. He has a tendency to get cold feet and walk away from projects in pre-production.

Joss Whedon
Pros: He's a smart, funny writer who could dig into the Bond universe with love, wit and understanding the way he did "The Avengers," which was well-supervised by Marvel. He works well with others.

Cons: He lacks flair as a gifted visual craftsman.

Joe Wright
Pros: He's the ultimate prestige director that can do it all (including action, as witnessed in "Hanna"). "Adapt or Die" is fitting for Bond as well in a post "Skyfall" world.

Cons: Bond might be too confining for his refined tastes.

Bob Zemeckis
Pros: He's a canny, innovative writer-director who could figure out ways to make the next Bond compelling. He might want to follow up his Oscar-nominated return to live-action filmmaking, "Flight," with a bigger-budget extravaganza. He delights in playing with the all the tools in the box--and buttressing his blockbuster bonafides.

Cons: Like Scott, taking on someone else's franchise might be beneath him; it's childsplay.

Take our poll below.

This article is related to: Daniel Craig, Joe Wright, Bob Zemeckis, Joss Whedon, Kathryn Bigelow, J.J. Abrams, Danny Boyle, Kenneth Branagh, Christopher Nolan, Bryan Singer, Duncan Jones, David Fincher, Ridley Scott, Quentin Tarantino, Matthew Vaughn, John Woo


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.