The James Bond franchise has had numerous directors over the years, but one name that’s so far had a stellar run with the character is New Zealand helmer Martin Campbell.
Campbell’s non-Bond film canon has varied in quality between the highs like 1998’s “The Mask of Zorro” and the underrated “Escape from Absolom,” to the lows of “Green Lantern” and “Beyond Borders “.
With Bond though, Campbell helmed both 1995’s “Goldeneye” and 2006’s “Casino Royale” – the first and often considered the best entries of a new actor in the role, in these cases Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig respectively.
Craig has one last Bond film in him on the way, and then the franchise will likely get rebooted in some way. Campbell’s name seems an obvious candidate to helm should that possibility arise, and he was asked this week by Cinema Blend if he would be interested in returning to the 007 fold:
“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.
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.
Thus the obvious question – if they were to find a new Bond, would that interest him?
“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.”
The direction of the franchise post-Craig is still unclear, especially with the franchise likely to not just end up at a new home but potentially be sold off and thus spun-off in new directions.
Before that we have one more Daniel Craig Bond film which is due for release in 2019.