Denis Villeneuve Wants To Direct 'James Bond', But There's A Catch

Isn't there always, Denis?

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A director in possession of both critical and commercial appeal (except for Blade Runner's takings in America, but that's their loss) Denis Villeneuve is a man in demand. But Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig might have to wait a while if they want him to direct a Bond film.

The Canadian director, who has previously overseen the likes of Sicario, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, has been an ongoing favourite amongst fans and bookmakers to take to the chair for Bond 25, but it looks like fans might be left disappointed, as he has already begun his next, non-Bond project, an adaptation of Frank Herbert's sprawling sci-fi epic, Dune.

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In an interview with The Playlist Villeneuve addressed the rumours, saying: "The thing is I don't now about that, but listen, Daniel Craig is a very inspiring actor and I had some contact and the thing is that I'm busy right now doing Dune. But, I will say to have the privilege to work with him it would be a dream. I would love to work with Daniel and a Bond movie for me would be a treat. It's a matter of timing, I guess."

With the next instalment of James Bond set to be released on 8 November, 2019, it seems unlikely that Villeneuve will have enough time to complete two massive films in two years, although there's always a chance that he could be locked in for the one after, which could mean at least one more outing (and massive payday) for Daniel Craig.

In the meantime, here's an example of the kind of tension that Villeneuve can bring to a scene. Now imagine that in a Bond?

Make it happen, Denis.