James Bond 25: Cary Fukunaga to direct next 007 film
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Ever since Danny Boyle dropped out of helming the next James Bond film in August, ominously citing ‘creative differences’, fans have been anxiously awaiting news of his replacement. Now Cary Joji Fukunaga has been announced as director of the 25th instalment of the Bond franchise. Fukunaga made his name as writer-director of Sin Nombre (2009), about a Honduran girl and Mexican gangster trying to immigrate to the U.S.A., and went on to direct an adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre (2011). His follow-up, the war drama Beasts of No Nation (2015), on which he is also credited as writer, co-producer and cinematographer, won Idris Elba the SAG award for his supporting performance. Fukunaga is probably best known, however, for his television work – he directed the first season of acclaimed anthology crime series True Detective (2014), and his dark comedy Netflix series Maniac will premiere later this week. Despite that impressive résumé, Fukunaga will be seen by many as something of a surprise choice. Reports had suggested that David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water), Yann Demange (’71) and Christopher McQuarrie (the latest two Mission: Impossible films) were the realistic frontrunners for the job, while more fanciful suggestions of Ryan Coogler, Kathryn Bigelow, Edgar Wright, and Christopher Nolan were doing the rounds on Twitter. Betfair had given 33/1 odds on Wes Anderson taking on Bond, which would have been an, uh, ‘interesting’ choice. (If we’re playing that game, I’d was hoping that Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park would do a claymation version of 007, but never mind…).
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