While Sam Mendes remains committed to directing the 23rd James Bond film, one man has no plans to return to the 007 series in the near future.
In an interview with the Indo-Asian News Service, director Martin Campbell has ruled out an imminent return to the franchise he has twice revitalised.
“First of all it was a delight to work on both the Bond movies and quite an experience to work with both Pierce and Daniel,” the director of GoldenEye and Casino Royale told the website. “As of now I have no plan to direct a Bond film. I think I am done with it for now. But then never say never, one doesn’t know what one does in future.”
“Pierce and Daniel both brought the essence of James Bond and that is what a filmmaker wants at the end of the day.” – Martin Campbell
Campbell was quick to praise the strengths of both Bond actors he has directed and is reluctant to choose a favourite. “Pierce and Daniel both brought the essence of James Bond and that is what a filmmaker wants at the end of the day. It would be unfair on my part to compare the two. The fact that Daniel’s both Bond movies were a hit is enough to say he knows his job well.”
Campbell has previously backed Sam Mendes in helming Bond 23. “Sam will do a splendid job,” the director told Time Out earlier this year.
Martin Campbell is currently directing comic book adaptation Green Lantern for release in 2011.
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