One of the biggest questions about the upcoming Bond 25 film is whether Daniel Craig will be back to reprise his role as the British spy or not. We do know that the next film will be drafted by the same writers who penned the lauded Skyfall (and not so lauded Spectre), Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, but who will actually direct the film is still up in the air.
Now we have some news regarding just who may be helming the project. According to a report from IndieWire, film and television director Paul McGuigan is being eyed by Eon Productions’ Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. The outlet reports that the producers are impressed with McGuigan’s recent independent film, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.
McGuigan is an interesting choice, since he’s a bit more of a working class director than we’ve seen in the recent past. Spectre and Skyfall were both directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes, and even the disappointing Quantum of Solace was directed by Marc Forster, who was then known for more arthouse fair like Stranger than Fiction and The Kite Runner at the time.
Meanwhile, McGuigan has far more television experience, with series like the BBC’s Sherlock and Marvel’s Luke Cage. He also comes with some film experience, having helmed the underrated Lucky Number Slevin, which proves he can shoot action. However, his most recent film release was Victor Frankenstein, so that gives you a bit of an idea of how uneven the choice may be.
It is very hard to really gauge Bond 25 right now… We don’t know whether the next film will introduce a new Bond actor or not, or whether it’s being written as a swan song for Daniel Craig. McGuigan, should he get the role, will be following on the heels of Mendes which is tough, but Spectre didn’t really deliver in the same way as Skyfall did, so he has that going for him. Even the writers of the next film are uneven, having written the last two films, although it could be said that Spectre was still much better than Quantum.
My personal preference is for Craig to return for only one more film and bow out in a way that feels like it completes his incarnation of the character’s journey. Purvis and Wade have proved they can write some of the best Bond, while McGuigan has directed both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in some of Sherlock’s best episodes.
Currently, the Bond franchise is up for grabs with several Hollywood studios itching to add it to their slate. There are far too many pieces in the air right now to make sense of the next movie other than this simple statement: There will be a 25th Bond film — sooner or later.