Martin Campbell Would Return to Direct IF James Bond Was Recast

Posted 2017/10/04 0 0

The director has revealed that he would consider returning to the James Bond franchise, on one condition.


Martin Campbell is credited with directing two of the best modern James Bond movies, GoldenEye and Casino Royale, which also served as our introductions to both Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig as Bond. While promoting his new film The Foreigner, Campbell was asked by CinemaBlend if he was interested in ever returning to direct a James Bond film, to which he replied:

“I don’t know. I might be, so never say never. I didn’t after Goldeneye. I don’t know if it was sort of arrogance or whatever, I don’t know. I just sort of said no to it. I was pretty much offered every one after that. But I just felt that I was repeated it. Another control room to blow up; another nutcase taking over the world. And also there is something refreshing about starting a new Bond, and particularly with Pierce [Brosnan]. It was sort of a Cold War sort of situation then, and we had Judi Dench for the first time. So there was a kind of excitement to doing it. Casino Royale was the same thing. Much the same reasons, actually.”

Having worked with two different Bonds in Brosnan and Daniel Craig, the director was asked if he would be interested in returning if given the opportunity to work with a new actor, to which he replied:

“Yeah. I think Daniel is terrific. He’s certainly ‘for now,’ do you know what I mean? First of all, he’s a terrific actor, but secondly he brings that sort of toughness and rough edge to Bond that is now so relevant.”

Martin Campbell's next film, The Foreigner, will find the director reunited with Pierce Brosnan, who stars in the film alongside Jackie Chan. The upcoming action-thriller tells the story of "humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love, his teenage daughter, is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers."

The Foreigner will hit theaters on October 13th while the next James Bond film is set for a November 8, 2019 release.