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Barbara Broccoli Would ‘Of Course’ Consider a Female Director for Bond 25

Barbara Broccoli revealed at TIFF this week that she would ‘of course’ consider hiring a female director to helm Bond 25.

We learnt a few weeks back that Daniel Craig would be getting into peak physical condition once again to play the world’s most famous and longest living secret agent, 007, one last time. Yet there was no word on who might direct the 25th Bond movie.

The previous two Bond films were directed by Sam Mendes, but he’s already ruled himself out of the running, so now the question remains – who will direct Bond 25?

The same names keep on cropping up: Christopher Nolan, Edgar Wright, Yann Demange, Denis Villeneuve and David Mackenzie. One thing you’ll notice about all those names is that not a single one of them belongs to a woman, which is surprising considering the number of talented female directors to choose from.

Patty Jenkins, who just became the highest paid female director of all time is one of them, but she might be a bit tied up with Wonder Woman 2. Other potential female candidates for the Bond 25 job could include Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Point Break, Zero Dark Thirty, Detroit), Karyn Kusama (Æon Flux, Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation), Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th), and Amma Asante (Belle, A United Kingdom).

Could Bond ever ditch his reputation as a womaniser?

Could Bond ever ditch his reputation as a womaniser?

That said, we shouldn’t be too fast to rule out seeing the first ever Bond movie to be directed by a woman. During the premiere of her upcoming film, Film Stars Don’t Lie in Liverpool, at TIFF, Screen Daily asked Bond producer Barbara Broccoli whether she would hire a female for Bond 25, to which she replied, “Of course.”

“There are a lot of women working on this production [Film Stars] which pleases me very much. It’s incredibly important to support change in front of and behind the camera. I love working with women. It’s a different vibe,” said Broccoli.

With Bond’s reputation as a womaniser, it’ll be interesting to see how a female director approaches the character and whether or not he’ll finally be brought into the 21st Century.

I’m pretty sure that Craig would like to show a different side to his Bond, especially after the rather lackluster Spectre, which doesn’t look so good with the benefit of hindsight, especially when you compare it to Skyfall and Casino Royale – the less said about Quantum of Solace the better.

With the film due for release in November 2019, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll know who will direct Bond 25 anytime soon.

Who do you think should direct Bond 25? Let us know in the comments below.




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