Who Could Have Directed Bond?

Soon to be 25 official films, over 55+ years. Yet only 12 directors.

The Bond franchise has always been a family affair, with close relationships with many of the directors. But these lucky dozen are not alone in their desire to direct a Bond movie. There have been several who were offered the gig, and those who were just flat-out denied.

The most famous of these tales is that of a young, soon-to-be legendary director named Steven Spielberg. In the mid-70s, he desperately wanted to direct a Bond movie. He grew up watching and adoring the Connery era Bonds, and would have put his stamp on the middle of Roger Moore’s tenure. Producer Albert R. (Cubby) Broccoli, didn’t like bringing in strangers into the EON family. A Steven Spielberg directed 007 film? Oh what might have been?!

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Here is a list of some would-be Bond directors:

DR. NO – Guy Hamilton, Ken Hughes

GOLDFINGER – Terence Young

THUNDERBALL – Guy Hamilton

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME – Steven Spielberg, Guy Hamilton

GOLDENEYE – John Landis, Ted Kotcheff, John Byrum

THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH – Joe Dante, Peter Jackson

CASINO ROYALE – Quentin Tarantino

QUANTUM OF SOLACE – Roger Mitchell

SPECTRE – Nicolas Winding Refn

BOND 25 – Denis Villeneuve, Yann Demange, David Mackenzie


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