The James Bond franchise has been in a constant state of flux since the conclusion of the 2015 blockbuster Spectre. As Sony, Universal, 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers fight over the rights to distribution that concluded following that last installment, the star protagonist Daniel Craig has performed a number of 180's on the subject so much, the Englishman must beginning to feel vertigo.
But as of last we heard, Barbara Broccoli convinced the actor for one last hurrah. As a relief to fans, 007 will renew his license to kill. Putting the wheels in motion to kickstart this next venture, a new director has reportedly been earmarked to lead the charge for the upcoming film in the series.
From Small Screen To Spectre Spectacle For Filmmaker
53-year old Scotsman Paul McGuigan has been the name floating around the lips of those in the know. Further suggesting that he will helm the movie that marks the quarter century stage of the franchise. He would earn his start with 1998's The Acid House, before going onto projects like The Reckoning, Wicker Park and Lucky Number Slevin.
This would lay the platform for him to join up with a couple of exciting ventures, namely episodes with the Netflix show Luke Cage and two installments of Sherlock in 2010. This background gives him a grounding in action and intriguing storyline, sure. But taking over for a couple of episodes of an established series is not exactly the experience of a heavyweight Hollywood director.
His one bold move with 2015's Victor Frankenstein starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe flattered to deceive at the box office. Failing to recoup their $40m budget with a miserly $34.2m. As Oscar winner Sam Mendes took the reigns for Skyfall and Spectre, it would be a genuine surprise to switch to someone of his modest profile.
Potential Bond Successor Turns Real Life Action Hero
As if he was auditioning for a part as 007, one of the favorites to succeed Craig has been spotted acting as a real life hero. Tom Hardy was reported taking down a crook who had taken off with a stolen bike in London.
An eyewitness was there to tell the press what they saw. “Tom must have been walking down the road," they remarked. "He went off like a shot in pursuit and looked furious. If the kid had been dumb enough to resist I reckon Tom would have given him a good hiding.” And what did Hardy say in the wake of the incident? "I caught the c***," replied the witness.
The 39-year old has shortened from a 6-1 outsider to a 6/4 favorite with bookmaker Ladbrokes.