As per tradition, all James Bond movies from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig were helmed by male directors. But it appears that The Night Manager director Susanne Bier is about to break the norm by becoming the spy movie franchise’s first ever female director.
Talks for the next James Bond movie are in place, and there are many rumblings about how it will take the franchise to new paths. For one, it is rumored that Daniel Craig may no longer reprise his role as the iconic MI6 agent and that his list of potential successors include The Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston.
The 35-year-old British actor has constantly denied any involvement in the project, saying Craig is still slated to do more Bond films. He also claims that he has never been approached for the role. But there are several factors that increase the likeliness of Hiddleston’s obsessed-over Bond takeover, one of which is the fact that The Night Manager’s Susanne Bier has been shortlisted to direct the 25th James Bond movie.
According to a source, Bier is among the “handful” of names on James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli’s list. Aside from The Night Manager, Bier was also the director behind the 2010 Oscar-nominated film In a Better World, The Daily Mail reports. She also directed Brothers and After the Wedding.
— Susanne Bier (@DirSusanneBier) March 21, 2016
Skyfall director Sam Mendes has confirmed that he will not do another Bond film. “I’m a storyteller and at the end of the day I want to make stories with new characters,” he said at the Hay Festival in London.
Bier’s alleged attachment to the next James Bond movie opens a lot of possibilities. This bulks up the probability of Hiddleston landing the titular role. With Daniel Craig reportedly not interested in returning to the franchise, it is presumed that Hiddleston is also on Broccoli’s list of actors that might take over the 007 mantle as he was rumored to have had dinner with the said producer.
— The Night Manager (@NightManagerAMC) May 22, 2016
With a female director comes the possibility of having a female Bond. According to The Telegraph, X-Files actress Gillian Anderson tweeted a mock-up of her as the new 007 aka “Jane Bond.” Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke reportedly also wants the part.