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Who Will Direct Bond 25?

Tarantino. Nolan. Villeneuve. The list goes on.

At a 25-year anniversary screening of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, many known Tarantino actors were asked if they would be involved with a James Bond film, should Tarantino be asked to write and direct the film.

Both Tim Roth and Michael Madsen would be thrilled to be considered as antagonists for a Tarantino-fueled Bond film, where Roth said, he “would be the wittiest Bond ever.”

Before Casino Royale came out, Tarantino had suggested that the franchise reboot, which is exactly what they did with the Daniel Craig franchise. For now, Tarantino has only said that his next project has been “misrepresented as a Manson film,” but he didn't comment on working with the Bond franchise.

While the Pulp Fiction writer may only be a rumor, there are some other directors on the shortlist for the next Bond film. With the recent success of Baby Driver, Edgar Wright has been named as one possible director, but Yann Demange ('71), Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario), and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) are other candidates we'd like to see tackle a 007 movie.

One of our favorite (obvious) choices for James Bond 25 is Dunkirk writer-director Christopher Nolan. Known for reinventing the superhero genre with The Dark Knight trilogy, Nolan is careful with each project and he’s never received a poor review on IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes over the years.

In an interview with Playboy, Nolan was asked about one-day directing a Bond film, where he replied, “A Bond movie, definitely. I’ve spoken to the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson over the years. I deeply love the character, and I’m always excited to see what they do with it. Maybe one day that would work out.”

Another possibility that hasn’t been mentioned for the new film would be Matthew Vaughn. Known for the Kingsman films, Layer Cake, and Kick-Ass, Vaughn was even on the shortlist for directing Casino Royale.

“The head of MGM offered me it,” said Vaughn. “I had a 24-hour period where I thought I was directing Casino Royale." The director said it was “a bit of a downer” when he discovered that Martin Campbell was going to take on the role instead.