Doug Liman Always Wanted to Direct a James Bond Movie

Posted 2017/07/28 1198 0

The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman reveals that he always wanted to make a James Bond film.


Director Doug Liman's never been one to back away from a fresh challenge. Whether it was making the leap from low-budget indie movies like Swingers and Go to expensive spy thriller, The Bourne Identity, or the knotty problems of making a time-paradox movie like Edge Of Tomorrow, Liman reliably goes for left-field project choices. And in fact, Doug Liman has always had his desire to make a James Bond movie.

In an interview with Den of Geek, Liman expressed his undying desire to direct James Bond, and he explained how helming The Bourne Identity in 2001 was his way of making a “poor man’s spy movie.”

“You know, that was the most surreal thing. I always wanted to make a James Bond movie my whole life. I didn’t grow up like Quentin Tarantino, watching esoteric art films at the video store. I’d go to the multiplex and see big, mainstream movies, and I’d go, ‘I want to make one of those one day.’ I always wanted to make a James Bond film, and they only seemed to hire British directors, and I’d made Swingers – they were never going to hire me for a James Bond film off Swingers.

“I felt so insecure while I was making The Bourne Identity that I was making a poor man’s spy movie. There was someone on the set who had the Mission: Impossible ring tone on his phone, and every time his phone rang it drove me nuts because I was afraid my movie was never going to be as good as Mission: Impossible. It was never going to be as good as James Bond. So it was really surreal afterwards to go and see the next James Bond film, and be like, ‘Oh, I did make a James Bond film, because now the James Bond film looks like The Bourne Identity.’ So given the emotional insecurity I bring to my craft, that was really surreal. I would still love to direct a James Bond film, but I’m not sure if I have or haven’t.”

Liman’s point about the James Bond franchise being helmed only by British directors isn’t far off. So far, the vast majority of directors have been British with only two being from New Zealand (Martin Campbell and Lee Tamahori) and one from Germany (Marc Forster). If he were to helm the next Bond film, for instance, then he would become the first American filmmaker ever to do so. But, considering that The Bourne Identity has been listed among the various modern blockbuster movies to have had an impact on the Bond franchise, Liman would be the perfect choice to direct Bond 25.