Right now, no one seems to actually know what lies in store for James Bond’s future on the big screen moving forwards. With Daniel Craig reportedly out and done with the character once and for all, several actors have been rumored for the role already, though the clear frontrunner seems to be Tom Hiddleston, currently, with reports even indicating that the actor may be in talks with MGM for the role right now.
It was confirmed this weekend as well that director Sam Mendes wouldn’t be returning for the next installment either, following his work on both Spectre and Skyfall, and it looks like the next film in the Bond franchise may already have a director in mind.
The Radio Times claims to have spoken with a source close to EON Productions, the company that produces all of the Bond films, who says that The Night Manager director, Susanne Bier, is one of a handful of names being eyed to direct the 25th installment in the long-running franchise. Which would make sense following the recent critical-acclaim she’s received for the six-part BBC miniseries, which was not only a dip into the sexy, espionage genre, but also teamed her with Hiddleston as well.
After twenty-four films in the franchise, directed by a total of eleven men as well, Bier being in talks for the next film in the Bond franchise is a ridiculously cool step in the right direction, and would make Bier the first female director to ever helm an installment in the franchise. Which would come as welcome news right now, as female directors continue to be underrepresented in the industry.
What better way to continue to break through that barrier, than for James Bond, one of the most masculine figures in cinema and pop culture history, to be brought to the big screen for the first time by a woman?
The film would mark Bier’s first foray into the big budget, action world, but I can’t imagine that would be much of an issue, especially considering the increasing number of first-time directors being given these kinds of big budget films as opportunities to prove themselves in the industry. We’ll have to wait for official confirmation before we can begin celebrating of course, but for Bier to even be in talks for this film, especially following her recent collaboration with Hiddleston, is reason to get excited for the new direction in the James Bond franchise – in my opinion.
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