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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Nicole Kassell

The most obscure filmmaker in this list, Nicole Kassell is best known for directing really good prestige TV. Her debut as a writer-director came with 2004 The Woodsman, a drama that followed a convicted child molester (Kevin Bacon) working to rebuild his life after incarceration. She also directed an extraordinarily poorly received 2011 Kate Hudson-led romantic comedy called A Little Bit of Heaven.

More recently, Kassell has directed very good episodes of AMC’s Better Call Saul, FX’s The Americans and Sundance’s Rectify. However, her most accomplished it to work has been “Les Écorchés,” the second best episode of Westworld’s second season. “Écorchés” is notable for several reasons; it features the return of a major character, a big reveal about the park’s actual purpose and Dolores’ (Evan Rachel Wood) magnificently conceived raid on the Mesa complex.

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On the strength of that episode’s virtuosic action alone, Kassell deserves a shot the majors. But for blending together a stunning action set piece, lots of narrative deck clearing and one genuinely heartbreaking goodbye, she deserves consideration for director Bond 25. And though not experienced as some filmmakers who have worked in the franchise, her ability to do movie film quality direction on television is worth considering. And as a director capable of staging stylish, idiomatic action sequences in service of a popular franchise, Kassell is exactly who Eon Productions needs.

Right, Kassell is slated to executive produce and direct Damon Lindelof’s forthcoming HBO Watchmen series. And while setting the aesthetic tone for a high-profile prestige cable series would be a feather in her cap, taking the helm of a James Bond movie might be worth a change of plans.

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