It seems no one is really throwing their hat into the ring to be the next James Bond. I’m sure there are plenty of British actors who would love nothing more than to suit up for that iconic role, but so far they’ve been all quiet on the matter. There haven’t been any interviews or rumors about anyone taking Daniel Craig’s place (at least not yet). It may be out of respect for Daniel Craig as “No Time To Die” was his last outing as 007. It’s his final moment to savor the role before he has to do that Foghorn Leghorn impression for 3 more “Knives Out” movies.
So who is next? Well, I don’t know. That seems to be a problem for next year. However, we do have our first volunteer to direct whatever film comes in the future (it’ll probably be called something like “Tomorrow I’ll Be Dead”). With American director Cary Joji Fukunaga breaking the weird, unspoken rule that only British directors can direct Bond films, why not a French Canadian?
Well, we got one very prominent director of such a background volunteering himself for the job. Denis Villeneuve has done just that. You may know the director for his own upcoming blockbuster. In an interview with MTV’s Happy Sad Confused Podcast, the “Bladerunner 2049” director said, “I would deeply love one day to make a James Bond movie. It’s a character that I’ve been with since my childhood. I have massive affection for Bond. It would be a big challenge to try and reboot it after what Daniel did. What Daniel Craig brought to Bond was so unique and strong and honestly unmatchable. He’s the ultimate James Bond. I can’t wait to see Cary’s movie. I’m very excited. I’m one of the biggest Bond fans.”
Well, depending on how “Dune” does, he may not get to. He wants to make a “Dune” sequel, but Warner Bros wants to wait and see. It’s looking good for the film to make the money needed to be called a success, but if they don’t give him “Dune 2: Electric Boogaloo” then who knows what Villeneuve will direct next. That said, a new Bond film comes once every half-decade now, so he may end up getting his chance further down the road. Here’s hoping he does as I would love to see what he’d do with that character.