If the James Bond film producers Eon really want to shake up 007, they should employ Quentin Tarantino – not Danny Boyle – to take charge of the next film in the franchise. Tarantino has long had designs on Bond, and nobody writes better dialogue for Christoph Waltz – so much so that the latter’s underplayed Ernst Stavro Blofeld in 2015’s Spectre was a pale shadow of the Austrian maestro’s freewheeling, rambunctious turns as SS officer Hans Landa in Tarantino’s Inglourious **** (2009) and as bounty hunter Dr King Schultz in 2012’s Django Unchained. Imagine Blofeld escaping from jail and going after Her Majesty’s top agent in the forthcoming 25th official Bond flick, this time armed with the dazzling repartee and perfectly poised badinage of a Tarantino script. Now that would be something worth seeing.
But Bond has always been a producer’s franchise, and Eon would no more hand over its prized asset to a maverick film-maker such as Tarantino than they would let Lars von Trier (also a Bond fan) take charge of the cameras.
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We are left, most likely, with Boyle, who last week revealed he is working on a script for Bond 25, with an eye to direct. That might not be such a bad thing, for there are few British film-makers more suited to the task of overseeing Daniel Craig’s final turn as 007. The Trainspotting director is a safe pair of hands who will add extra kinetic energy to the action set pieces without the risk of ejecting more than 50 years of Bond history through the sunroof.
Working on 007 tends to iron out a film-maker’s more interesting rough edges, but there is usually enough space for a smattering of style and panache. This was perhaps most noticeable on Sam Mendes’s Skyfall. The Oscar winner began well,...
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