The other night, as I was waiting to fall asleep I wondered if Guy Richie could ever direct a James Bond film. Many times I will watch a film because I like the director. Guy Richie is one of my favorite directors, but he has distinctive style. The Sherlock Holmes movies play off that style. James Bond on other hand is a distinctive franchise. Which is why I wondered if Guy Richie could pull it off because he has a style of his own and the franchise has certain limitations.
I watched Disney’s Artemis Fowl because I like the director Kenneth Branagh. Sir Kenneth directed Thor. And each time he directs a pop movie, he gets trashed by the acting community. The reason is because he is a world renown Shakespearian actor. Critics have said that he gave Sir Laurence Olivier a run for his money on Shakespearian acting. And Olivier was considered the best actor in the world. So whenever Branagh directs a pop movie, you have the acting community saying look how far he’s fallen. And probably 50% of the time the movie is well received by fans of the franchise.
Of course my favorite Branagh character is Wallander. His portrayal of Kurt Wallander inspired the author of the Wallander series to write a couple more Wallander books even after the author declared he wouldn’t write any more in the series.
Could Kenneth direct a James Bond film? Questionably. In short I would say that he could because his style as a film maker isn’t as distinct as Guy Richie’s. His movies tend to blend in with the franchise but with a little Shakespearian flare. I don’t think he would be interested in directing a James Bond movie.
But then who will direct the next Bond movie? I don’t care who plays James Bond next. Personally I would like Idris Elba to play the spy. But I already know that he’s too old unless the movie was a one off, which the franchise hardly ever does. Even Timmothy Dalton did two and he was probably the worst.
As directors go, the next director will probably be French, Spanish or Italian and probably could make Spaghetti Westerns look awesome.