Today’s Wall Street Journal has published an article by Merissa Marr on the current state of the Brosnan/Bond 21 situation [“Uh-Oh Seven: Brosnan’s Plan to Exit Roils MGM”]. While the article offers little that’s new regarding the Brosnan matter, it does quote “people involved in the process” as providing a short list of possible directors.
Among those being considered: Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean), Rob Bowman (The X-Files), Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins), and Sam Raimi (Spiderman, Spiderman 2).
While Raimi and Verbinski may seem like naturals (and maybe a bit “pie-in-the-sky”), Bond fans may be surprised by the inclusion of Alfonso Cuaron. But this is not the first time Mr. Cuaron has been approached by producers. Eon eyed Cuaron for 1999’s The World Is Not Enough before ultimately choosing Michael Apted.
The Wall Street Journal article concludes with a quote from former James Bond continuation author John Gardner. “There’s nothing wrong with Mr. Brosnan, he just hasn’t been served terribly well by the scripts,” says Mr. Gardner. “The problem with the films at the moment is that they have nothing to do with the original Bond.”
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