While it’s yet to be officially announced, CBn has learned that Martin Campbell has agreed to direct Bond 21. “It’s a done deal,” says a source familiar with the negotiations.
This will be welcome news to James Bond fans who consider Campbell’s 1995 GoldenEye the best Bond film of the Brosnan era, and one that is credited with “reviving” the James Bond franchise.
Campbell is currently in post-production on The Legend of Zorro (a sequel to his 1998 hit The Mask of Zorro). Sony is due to release Legend in Nov. 2005. Campbell will then move onto Bond 21 as his next project. Bond 21 is aiming for a January ’06 production start, although this could change.
This will be the first time a director has made a return appearance since John Glen helmed five consecutive Bond films in the 1980s.
Still unclear is whether Pierce Brosnan will return (there is a hot rumour that Brosnan is back in talks) or if Eon and Campbell will go ahead with plans to introduce a “younger” 007 in this 21st installment. As CBn first reported in July, Bond 21 is based on Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel Casino Royale.
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