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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Matthew Vaughn

A producer turned director, Matthew Vaughn has shown remarkable versatility since becoming a filmmaker. His first film, 2004’s Layer Cake, was a slick and stylish upmarket British crime caper. His 2007 film Stardust proved that he could pull off Gilliam-esque fantasy. He proved capable of handling R-rated superhero fiction with 2010 Kick-Ass and he successfully revived the X-Men with 2011’s X-Men: First Class. Most recently, he has proved skilled at making glossy spy movies with his two Kingsman films.

In addition to being one of the better debut films in recent memory, Layer Cake also played a key role in helping Daniel Craig become James Bond. In it, Craig plays an unnamed gangster who is very good at lying, killing, seduction and filling out tailored suits. While the Broccolis might bristle at hiring someone who has made two popular James Bond parodies, Vaughn’s refined aesthetics and skills at directing Craig and crafting impressive action set pieces are undeniable. And given what he is able to do with X-Men, he and long-time collaborator writer/producer Jane Goldman have the skills to revitalize a distressed franchise.

Currently, Vaughn is working on a third Kingsman film that is to be released in 2020. However, putting that film on the backburner to handle an Eon Production would be a good decision for all involved. Vaughn could make an exhilarating and subversive Bond 25 that would get the franchise back up on track. And working with the Broccolis could help Vaugh find the discipline and focus he seemed to lose while making the second Kingsman movie.