With the search for the director of Bond 25 under way, Doug Liman has thrown his name into the ring.
The American Made director has told Digital Spy that directing a James Bond outing is one of his dreams, and given his movie The Bourne Identity basically set the tone for Casino Royale‘s gritty take on 007, we think he should get the chance.
“I have always wanted to direct a James Bond film. I think they only hire British directors, but when I was doing The Bourne Identity, I was like, ‘I’m doing the poor man’s James Bond’,” he recalled.
“It screwed with my head when Casino Royale came out and copied Bourne because that was my gold standard. I’m not Quentin Tarantino, I didn’t grow up watching esoteric films in a video store. I grew watching James Bond and going, ‘I want to do that’.”
Earlier this month, Daniel Craig finally confirmed that he will play James Bond for the fifth – and possibly final – time in Bond 25.
“We’ve been discussing it. We’ve just been trying to figure things out. I always wanted to, I needed a break,” he explained. “I just want to go out on a high note, and I can’t wait.”
Bond 25 will be released in US cinemas on November 8, 2019, with a “traditional earlier release” in the UK, so we’ll wait to see who will be directing it.
As for Liman, he’s currently at work on Edge of Tomorrow 2, AKA Live Die Repeat and Repeat. He told us that it will be a sequel that’s also a prequel at the same time. Confused? Us too.
American Made is in cinemas now.
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