’71 Director Currently Circling Bond 25


Earlier this week, MGM and EON Productions set an official release date for the next 007 film and yet they neglected to make any announcements regarding the cast and crew. Reports swirled that Daniel Craig had signed on to return as James Bond but there was still no word on who might be directing the next installment with Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Spectre) having long since moved on to other projects. Fortunately, we are now starting to get some information about that as well with a shortlist of potential candidates surfacing yesterday. Hit the jump to find out who is currently in the running to direct Bond 25.

According to Variety, French director Yann Demange is the current frontrunner to direct Bond 25. He is best known for the gritty period action-thriller ’71 starring Jack O’Connell as a British soldier who is abandoned by his unit during a riot on the streets of Belfast. He also has an upcoming film called White Boy Rick based on the true story of Rick Wershe, a 14-year-old kid who became an informant for the Detroit police in the 1980s before being arrested for drug trafficking.

Deadline is reporting that Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) are also under consideration, although they are considered less likely to land the gig. Villeneuve in particular is expected to be busy with his upcoming Dune remake. Other directors that have recently expressed interest include Christopher Nolan and Edgar Wright although they are probably too well known for Bond, a franchise that usually opts for more under the radar talent. Who would you like to see direct Bond 25?

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  • 1138sw

    I would love to see Nolan’s take on Bond…that would be a dream choice. Villeneuve is a good choice but and interesting choice would be to see Alejandro G. Iñárritu direct a bond…now his spin would be interesting.

  • Peter Harrison

    With Inception Nolan gave us his Bond film, with the added benefit of it being fat better and more interesting than every Bond film put together!

  • Peter Harrison

    With Inception Nolan gave us his Bond film, with the added benefit of it being far better than all the Bond films put together!

  • Jake

    I would still love to see him play in the real James Bond sandbox.