Susanne Bier on Bond 25 director ‘shortlist,’ website says

Susanne Bier

Susanne Bier

Susanne Bier, who helmed the television miniseries The Night Manager, is among a “handful” of directors “making up producer Barbara Broccoli’s shortlist” for Bond 25, the RadioTimes website said.

The story cited “sources close to Bond producers Eon,” without being more specific.

Until now, Bond 25 speculation has centered on whether incumbent 007 actor Daniel Craig would return and, if not, who might succeed him. One of those actors is Tom Hiddleston, the star of The Night Manager.

The RadioTimes story is the first report concerning who might direct Bond 25. Sam Mendes, director of Skyfall and SPECTRE, said again over the weekend that he’s not coming back to the world of 007.

RadioTimes also spends much of its story evaluating whether Bier, 56, being considered would increase Hiddleston’s chances of getting the Bond role.

Here’s an excerpt:

If Bier gets the job it would make her the first woman ever to helm a James Bond movie – and would also vastly increase the chances of the already hotly-tipped Hiddleston getting the role of Bond thanks to the pair’s previous working relationship.

Bier directed Hiddleston in acclaimed espionage drama series The Night Manager, which aired earlier this year on BBC1, and has spoken of her huge admiration for the star.

At this stage, fans may want to exercise caution. RadioTimes doesn’t say just how many directors are being considered by Eon Productions co-boss Broccoli.

Also, for the moment, Bond 25 can’t get a release date until Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer selects a studio partner to co-finance and distribute the movie. MGM’s contract with Sony Pictures expired with SPECTRE and MGM doesn’t have the resources to release a film itself.

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One Response

  1. The writing’s on the Wall. there Probably won’t be a Bond film Until the Next three or four years. By that time Daniel Craig will be too old to Play Bond. so he’s Made the Smart Move and Signed-up for a Television series or film. During this Period the Producers are Taking they’re time Choosing the Next actor to Play Bond and Director. it’s Obvious they Don’t wan’t Anybody in they’re 40s age Bracket. So that would Make Tom Hiddleston a Primary Candidate for Bond role. However if Hiddleston Does Nab the Job, I am a Little Concerned the Franchise Might return to the Sir Roger Moore Parody Style Bond. Which in Today’s film World, the Public Has Grown accustom to a Gritty and Dark-knight James Bond

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