Rumours continue to circulate that Daniel Craig may be calling it a day as 007 after the upcoming ‘SPECTRE’ - but one person we know for sure won’t be back is Sam Mendes.
Having come to ‘SPECTRE’ straight from 2012′s ‘Skyfall’ (making him the first director to make back-to-back Bond movies since John Glen, who helmed all five series entries in the 1980s), Mendes has made it clear he will not direct another Bond.
As such, Eon Productions will be on the lookout for a director to take on the not inconsiderable task of following on from Mendes - and one contender would appear to have thrown his name into the ring.
Denis Villeneuve, French Canadian director behind the upcoming ‘Sicario’ also set to helm the long overdue sequel to ‘Blade Runner,’ tells Coming Soon he’d love a crack at 007.
“I was raised with James Bond. I love James Bond movies. I would love to do a James Bond movie one day.
“Action is very cinematic. I’m not someone that loves dialogue – I am someone that loves movement. Action, if it’s well done, can be very poetic and meaningful.”
Villeneuve already has a couple of Bond links, as both ‘Sicario’ and his earlier film ‘Prisoners’ were shot by Roger Deakins, acclaimed director of photgraphy on ‘Skyfall.’
In addition, ‘Sicario’ star Benico del Toro (pictured above with the director and co-star Emily Blunt) got one of his early roles as a villainous henchman in 1989 Bond movie ‘Licence To Kill.’
As Villeneuve is currently in post-production on his next movie ‘Story Of Your Life’ with work on the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel set to start not long thereafter, his schedule is looking pretty full.
Will he be available when it comes time for Bond 25 - and will Eon fancy him for the job? We shall see.
‘Sicario’ opens in UK cinemas on 8th October, with ‘SPECTRE’ coming not long after on the 26th.
Picture Credit: MGM-UA/Sony, WENN