7 Filmmakers who should direct Bond 25

BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 28: Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli attend the German premiere of the new James Bond movie 'Spectre' at CineStar on October 28, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)
BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 28: Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli attend the German premiere of the new James Bond movie 'Spectre' at CineStar on October 28, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Sony Pictures) /
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Martin Campbell

New Zealand director Martin Campbell got his start making a series of unmemorable British sex comedies in the 70s. In 1995, he made his breakthrough film, GoldenEye. The first Bond film of the 1990s and in the first to featured Pierce Brosnan in the lead role, the movie revived the franchise after a six-year absence. After making a series of underwhelming American blockbusters, Campbell returned to the franchise with 2006’s Casino Royal. The film returned the franchise to its glamorous and gritty roots while also establishing Daniel Craig as the James Bond of the new century.

Though dissimilar in surface details, Campbell’s Bond films share the same core strengths. Both films provide contemporary contexts for their Bonds that make the franchise feel fresh. Additionally, Campbell tailored the character to fit the actors he was working with. He establishes Brosnan’s Bond as a dashing, bombastic superspy. Conversely, he made Craig’s Bond feel like a quietly skillful bruiser who was better at killing than espionage. That ability to modernize and reconceptualize Bond were essential to the franchise’s success in the last few decades. Campbell’s also really good at executing hard-hitting practical action sequences.

Although Campbell has said that he won’t return to the franchise while Craig is still playing Bond, he would still be a good candidate to direct Bond 25. If Craig is determined to stay in the role, he could provide a fitting exit for the incarnation of James Bond he introduced. Conversely, if Craig chooses to exit the franchise, Campbell could help get the Bond of the 2020s off on the right foot.