Director Martin Campbell has helmed two of the best James Bond movies, 1996’s Goldeneye and 2006’s Casino Royale. Cinemablend recently asked Campbell what it would take to get him back in the director’s chair for another entry in the Bond franchise:
“I don’t know. I might be, so never say never. I didn’t after Goldeneye. I don’t know if it was sort of arrogance or whatever I don’t know. I just sort of said no to it. I was pretty much offered every one after that. But I just felt that I was repeated it. Another control room to blow up; another nutcase taking over the world. And also there is something refreshing about starting a new Bond, and particularly with Pierce [Brosnan]. It was sort of a Cold War sort of situation then, and we had Judi Dench for the first time. So there was a kind of excitement to doing it.”
He went on to explain that Casino Royale had a similar appeal, with a brand new Bond actor in another “soft” reboot:
“Casino Royale was the same thing. Much the same reasons, actually.”
Finally, Campbell was asked if when Bond is again recast, would he be interested in another crack at 007:
“Yeah. I think Daniel is terrific. He’s certainly ‘for now,’ do you know what I mean? First of all he’s a terrific actor, but secondly he brings that sort of toughness and rough edge to Bond that is now so relevant.”
It may be a few years before Campbell receives a call, as Bond 25 will star Daniel Craig, and has a release date of November 8, 2019.
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