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Rumor: Daniel Craig Interested in Denis Villeneuve for Bond 25

Bond 25 is coming together and it is time to start wondering who will helm this long-anticipated sequel.


Eva Green & Daniel Craig in Casino Royale (2006)

The Daily Mail reports that Daniel Craig is interested in seeing Denis Villeneuve sit in the directors chair.

Craig’s spokesperson did not comment on the matter, but the Daily Mail is reporting that Villeneuve has spoken with Craig and Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson about directing Bond 25.

Villeneuve has an impressive resume that will make him more than qualified for the job. His critically acclaimed films Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, and Arrival were cerebral projects that focused on how people handle themselves during intense experiences. The later Bond films have been delving deeper into Bond’s psyche and Villeneuve would definitely be able continue that. His next film Blade Runner 2049 will show us if he can handle action, which is crucial for a Bond film.

The Daily Mail made it a point to mention that a point in Villeneuve favour is his portrayal of strong and complex women. One of the key things that have been noted about the Bond films is that aren’t particularly kind to the Bond Girls, with the exception of Vesper Lynd, M, and Moneypenny. The latter two are not technically Bond Girls, but Vesper has been noted as the most developed and complex of the most recent Bond Girls.

Lately audiences have been pointing out the flaws in the portrayal of women on the big screen and it would benefit Bond 25 in establishing strong female characters that are more than just props for Bond, perhaps a female villain will help too. Or a woman behind the camera would be better in the portrayal of both Bond and his Bond Girls. Bond is only as compelling as the characters around him.

Villeneuve is a talented director and is certainly an ideal candidate for the position. Warner Bros is vying to be the studio to release Bond 25, perhaps getting one of their directors to helm the project will  help them win the bid.


Source: Daily Mail.

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