Nolan, Lee or Refn to direct Bond 24?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 May 2013
Daniel Craig

James Bond star Daniel Craig

James Bond producers are looking for an A-list director to take over from Sam Mendes, with Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee and Nicolas Winding Refn allegedly all in the running

Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee and Nicolas Winding Refn are in the running to direct the next James Bond film.

'The Dark Knight Rises' director, the 'Life of Pi' helmer and the 'Drive' filmmaker are all hot contenders to take control of Eon and Sony/MGM's next chapter in the action franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The A-list directors - who are all known for their strong cinematic vision - will have a lot to live up to after Sam Mendes' 'Skyfall' became the most successful Bond film of all time, taking $1.1 billion at the global box office.

The film, starring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench and Naomie Harris, received five Academy Award nominations and won two prizes for Best Original Song and Best Sound Editing.

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are said to be keen to land a director as popular as Mendes, who has ruled himself out of returning to the franchise because of his theatre commitments.

He is staging productions of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and 'King Lear' in London, and is tipped to take the helm at the National Theatre when Sir Nicholas Hytner steps down in March 2015.

John Logan is currently writing the script for Bond 24, which will reportedly need 12-18 months of pre-production, followed by six months of filming.


  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 2h 28min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Stephanie Sigman
  • UK release: 26 October 2015

James Bond (Craig) comes up against a global crime syndicate, while back at home, the 00 programme is under threat from reckless moderniser C (Scott). With its swagger, dry humour and frequent, well-executed action it's a solid crowdpleaser, but the story is predictable, the characterisation is thin and overall it lacks…