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Nicolas Winding Refn is also in the mix to direct the next James Bond movie

05.28.2013

If it wasn't enough for the Christopher Nolan haters out there to deal with the rumors that the director was in contention to helm the next James Bond movie, now we have another polarizing filmmaker for fans to get pissed about. It is now being reported that DRIVE and ONLY GOD FORGIVES director Nicolas Winding Refn is also being considered to helm the follow-up to SKYFALL.

The Wrap's Jeff Sneider confirmed that while Refn is not a lock, he is "in the mix" to take over the reins from Sam Mendes. SKYFALL was a massive success and many hoped Mendes would return, but in his absence a new level of film-making will be needed to match that movie both in terms of cinematic quality and scope. Refn's films have maintained a smaller quality to them despite traversing the globe. But, if you look at the complex crime stories from the PUSHER films to the violent action of VALHALLA RISING, Refn would be more than up to the task with a Bond movie.

If I had a choice between Nolan and Refn for Bond, I would probably go Nolan. But, Refn does definitely have a unique visual style that would shake up the Bond universe. Knowing that SKYFALL and all of the movies in the Daniel Craig era are pushing the boundaries of what a traditional Bond movie looks and feels like, I would not be disappointed in having Refn take job.

Either way, BOND 24 is being prepped for a 2014 release and Refn just recently pulled out of making THE EQUALIZER at Sony. He said there was a reason he left that film. Could being the next Bond director be that reason?

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1:34PM on 05/29/2013
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10:30PM on 05/28/2013

I sense a Marc Forrester situation

Refn isn't going to know how to play by the rules of not only a big studio but constructing a big time action film like this. His style is too out there.
Refn isn't going to know how to play by the rules of not only a big studio but constructing a big time action film like this. His style is too out there.
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8:55PM on 05/28/2013
This is not going to happen. Nicholas Winding Refn is so far off the spectrum of the mainstream, and doesn't seem like the kind of person to play ball with the studios. Even if he managed to make a Bond movie he wanted, it would probably piss off the die-hard Bond fans.
This is not going to happen. Nicholas Winding Refn is so far off the spectrum of the mainstream, and doesn't seem like the kind of person to play ball with the studios. Even if he managed to make a Bond movie he wanted, it would probably piss off the die-hard Bond fans.
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6:40PM on 05/28/2013
Theres a reason that him and someone like Aronofsky cant work in a studio playground on franchises. They have to do there own thing, consider him the wild card on they're directors list but dont expect anything more.
Theres a reason that him and someone like Aronofsky cant work in a studio playground on franchises. They have to do there own thing, consider him the wild card on they're directors list but dont expect anything more.
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5:30PM on 05/28/2013
Do not let this guy direct a Bond movie. Let him wreck some other franchise, not one that has lasted so long.
Do not let this guy direct a Bond movie. Let him wreck some other franchise, not one that has lasted so long.
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4:44PM on 05/28/2013
I really doubt they'd give him what he needs to do his Bond. I'd personally go with him over Nolan, mainly because I feel I've seen some of what Christopher Nolan might bring to the franchise. Refn's movies are so different, and more adult, I'd be curious what his take on a big studio blockbuster might look like.
I really doubt they'd give him what he needs to do his Bond. I'd personally go with him over Nolan, mainly because I feel I've seen some of what Christopher Nolan might bring to the franchise. Refn's movies are so different, and more adult, I'd be curious what his take on a big studio blockbuster might look like.
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4:39PM on 05/28/2013
I just don't see Refn playing in someone else's sandbox. I think the only reason he'd take it would be to ramp up and get backing for other projects with Sony....
I just don't see Refn playing in someone else's sandbox. I think the only reason he'd take it would be to ramp up and get backing for other projects with Sony....
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3:58PM on 05/28/2013
No, let him do his thing and not be limited by franchises and producers.
No, let him do his thing and not be limited by franchises and producers.
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3:53PM on 05/28/2013
Drive was a great movie, but I don't think his style fits for James Bond.
Drive was a great movie, but I don't think his style fits for James Bond.
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3:07PM on 05/28/2013
On one hand, I love Refn. I think he is a great director. If given a Bond flick, I think he would probably tone down his personal style down to a personal stamp on something more appropriate for the franchise. On the other hand, he is clearly not the best choice. He would be a good choice only if not the writer with limits put on him. Ultimately, he should stick to his OWN mostly original work.
On one hand, I love Refn. I think he is a great director. If given a Bond flick, I think he would probably tone down his personal style down to a personal stamp on something more appropriate for the franchise. On the other hand, he is clearly not the best choice. He would be a good choice only if not the writer with limits put on him. Ultimately, he should stick to his OWN mostly original work.
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3:04PM on 05/28/2013
I love this man's movies and violent artistic style and fantastic soundtracks that he puts into each one of his films. I think he would be a great pick to helm the next Bond film. Would definitely get me alot more excited than the other choices between tossed around.
I love this man's movies and violent artistic style and fantastic soundtracks that he puts into each one of his films. I think he would be a great pick to helm the next Bond film. Would definitely get me alot more excited than the other choices between tossed around.
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3:03PM on 05/28/2013
HE would certainly deliver a different take on Bond and I would be all for it. Huge fan of Refn.
HE would certainly deliver a different take on Bond and I would be all for it. Huge fan of Refn.
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