Back when looking at directors for No Time To Die, the shortlist was said to consist of Danny Boyle, Yan Demange, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Christopher Nolan, and Denis Villeneuve. Boyle got the gig, then walked to be replaced by Fukunaga. Nolan was busy with Tenet and Villeneuve was about to commit to his lifelong passion project of Dune. However, Villeneuve wants 007, too!
Out speaking with various outlets to promote Dune arriving on PVOD and Digital, the Sicario, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049 director has once again reiterated that he would be very interested in helming a future James Bond movie.
In the event he were to be approached by longtime producers / Bond mythology gatekeepers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson:
“…frankly… the answer would be a massive yes. 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.”
With No Time To Die serving as closure for that iteration of Bond, as a separate story with a very definite end for Daniel Craig’s version on 007, then this reboot he mentions is the likely way forward.
“What Daniel Craig brought to Bond was so unique and strong and honestly unmatchable. He’s the ultimate James Bond. I’m very excited. I’m one of the biggest Bond fans.”
As a director who clearly enjoys a tight, tense thriller and a slow-burn it could be an intriguing match. One thing that might count against him now is that the producers are likely to continue the standard Bond cycle and follow the dramatic, character-driven Fleming-esque Daniel Craig movies with something more lightweight.
Whether we will ever see jet-packs, hover gondola, Bond in space and double-taking pigeons remains to be seen.