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U.K. Bookie offers up odds on next Bond director; Guy Ritchie in the lead with Tarantino a longshot

Mar. 7, 2013by: Paul Shirey

U.K. bookie William Hill, one of the biggest names in betting across the pond, has named Guy Ritchie as the best bet for helming Bond 24 with 4:1 odds, following on the heels of the most successful Bond film ever, Skyfall. After director Sam Mendes made his intentions not to return to the series the rumblings have started about who will slide into his place. Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have always hired British filmmakers to tackle the franchise, so Ritchie has that block already checked. In addition, Ritchie also has crossover appeal, having directed the indie favorites LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS and SNATCH, and the blockbuster SHERLOCK HOLMES films starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

Other contenders included two-time Bond director Martin Campbell at 9/1, Ang Lee and Ridley Scott both at 25/1, with longshots being Clint Eastwood, James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino at 33/1. This is all just fun conjecture, so I wouldn't start calling your local bookie over this, but it does generate some interesting thought into where EON Productions will go with their next Bond helmer.

Personally, I think Ritchie is not only a great choice, but the best one. I think he could add some really hard-hitting visuals, as is his style, to the Bond franchise, and teaming him up with Daniel Craig just seems like a no-brainer. It feels like Craig should've been in all of Ritchie's movies to date as he's got that weathered bad ass look that seems befitting of a Guy Ritchie protagonist. Mendes pulled off a clean, slick Bond with SKYFALL, but I'd like to see a rough, stylish Bond. Ritchie has shown that he can transcend the odd violent crime caper and make something large scale and commercial while still retaining his personal style with the SHERLOCK HOLMES films. I say hand him the keys to the Rolls.

"The SHERLOCK HOLMES films have been an enormous success and we believe that Guy Ritchie is the man to be entrusted with the Bond franchise, although Bond by Quentin Tarantino would make interesting viewing," said a spokesman for Hill. I agree.

In addition to this news, it looks like the producers are also trying to woo Adele back to the franchise as well, after winning an Oscar for her title song to SKYFALL (the best Bond song ever, in my opinion). Much like Shirley Bassey, who did continuous themes for DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, MOONRAKER, and GOLDFINGER. It would be the first time they've used the same artist for the theme since then. No official confirmation on that, but after such an epic tune, how could the producers not want her back for more?

What do you guys think? Should Ritchie direct? Should Adele return?

Extra Tidbit: If none of these choices suit you, who do YOU think should direct the next Bond?

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2:02PM on 03/07/2013

how about...

we just get JJ abrams to do everything. star wars, bond, ninja turtles, crime and punishment, a christmas carrol, etc.
we just get JJ abrams to do everything. star wars, bond, ninja turtles, crime and punishment, a christmas carrol, etc.
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2:04PM on 03/07/2013
No..... :'(
No..... :'(
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2:06PM on 03/07/2013

EXTRA TIDBIT

I choose Brad Bird.
I choose Brad Bird.
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2:06PM on 03/07/2013

Down with Ritchie

Guy Ritchie could make a decent Bond flick. I personally am not a fan of the Sherlock movies (just a personal opinion, but I can see how they can appeal to some people). But he has definitely shown his capability of handling big budget action pieces. I think as long as he reigns in the slo-mo action sequences, he'll be good.
As for the other directors listed, none of them are any good. Tarantino would be a horrible choice for Bond, nothing against Tarantino, he just has his own style and
Guy Ritchie could make a decent Bond flick. I personally am not a fan of the Sherlock movies (just a personal opinion, but I can see how they can appeal to some people). But he has definitely shown his capability of handling big budget action pieces. I think as long as he reigns in the slo-mo action sequences, he'll be good.
As for the other directors listed, none of them are any good. Tarantino would be a horrible choice for Bond, nothing against Tarantino, he just has his own style and flare that doesn't match well with the Bond franchise. Ang Lee is also out, I don't want the Superman Returns version of a Bond movie. Ridley Scott could be good, but I think his best work is in sci-fi, not realistic action movies. Clint Eastwood isn't really a Bond director, at least not what I can envision for a movie, and James Cameron really isn't a great director any more. His best work is behind him, let him stick to his career of creating movies for the sole purpose of showcasing new technologies he's developed for filmmaking. And finally, don't use previous Bond directors, this is a new Bond I don't want to see a rehash of the campy versions of the 80's/90's.
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2:28PM on 03/07/2013
I can see Guy Ritchie actually doing a very good Bond film, as he's shown he has the style for it in his past films. I really can't see QT doing Bond. It's just not a good fit. Everything QT does is just so against type for Bond, it would be too weird. There are certain expectations for a Bond film that even Skyfall had, and that was very much a different kind of Bond film. Some of the above named directors seem to have too much of a different style to tackle it, but someone like Ritchie is
I can see Guy Ritchie actually doing a very good Bond film, as he's shown he has the style for it in his past films. I really can't see QT doing Bond. It's just not a good fit. Everything QT does is just so against type for Bond, it would be too weird. There are certain expectations for a Bond film that even Skyfall had, and that was very much a different kind of Bond film. Some of the above named directors seem to have too much of a different style to tackle it, but someone like Ritchie is easily foreseeable as a Bond director. Martin Campbell also seems like he would always be a good choice. The man reinvented Bond twice and he certainly seems capable of doing another successful Bond, even compared to Skyfall.
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2:55PM on 03/07/2013
Tarantino isn't going to happen. The producers have already said that they only hire British directors to direct James Bond.

Don't know about Richie. He is a very iffy director. Sometimes he can deliver, sometimes he can't. Will have to wait and see, though, unless the trailer blows my mind, I'm not too excited.
Tarantino isn't going to happen. The producers have already said that they only hire British directors to direct James Bond.

Don't know about Richie. He is a very iffy director. Sometimes he can deliver, sometimes he can't. Will have to wait and see, though, unless the trailer blows my mind, I'm not too excited.
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5:35PM on 03/08/2013
lee tamahori (die another day) is also from new zealand
lee tamahori (die another day) is also from new zealand
8:59PM on 03/07/2013
Martin Campbell is a Kiwi. In fact, Sam Mendes is the first British director to helm a Bond since Apted in 1999.
Martin Campbell is a Kiwi. In fact, Sam Mendes is the first British director to helm a Bond since Apted in 1999.
3:23PM on 03/07/2013
Agree with you that Tarantino will never happen but you're wrong with your 'only British directors' rule, the "Quantum of Solace" director Marc Forster was swiss.
Agree with you that Tarantino will never happen but you're wrong with your 'only British directors' rule, the "Quantum of Solace" director Marc Forster was swiss.
3:18PM on 03/07/2013

Guy Ritchie would be nice

Christopher Nolan would be better, but far from likely

How about Wally Pfister? His success as a director mostly relies on "Transcendence", but thats really his only project on the horizon. They could beat the rush and sign him now. Its a risk but its one that fans would be happy to see. (although he isn't British)

Joe Wright, Danny Boyle, and Mike Newell could also do the job
Christopher Nolan would be better, but far from likely

How about Wally Pfister? His success as a director mostly relies on "Transcendence", but thats really his only project on the horizon. They could beat the rush and sign him now. Its a risk but its one that fans would be happy to see. (although he isn't British)

Joe Wright, Danny Boyle, and Mike Newell could also do the job
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3:26PM on 03/07/2013
I saw Guy Ritchie mentioned elsewhere and I think I'm coming around to the idea. I think there will probably be an obvious push for Christopher Nolan, Kathryn Bigelow, and Ben Affleck. All of whom I think would do a great job, but I dont get that "Oh shit, this person HAS to make a Bond movie."

I saw one site mention Darren Aronofsky, who is excellent and a little out there for Bond, but I don't think they knew that Rachel Weisz essentially left Aronofsky for Daniel Craig. (at least thats
I saw Guy Ritchie mentioned elsewhere and I think I'm coming around to the idea. I think there will probably be an obvious push for Christopher Nolan, Kathryn Bigelow, and Ben Affleck. All of whom I think would do a great job, but I dont get that "Oh shit, this person HAS to make a Bond movie."

I saw one site mention Darren Aronofsky, who is excellent and a little out there for Bond, but I don't think they knew that Rachel Weisz essentially left Aronofsky for Daniel Craig. (at least thats how it felt. Craig-Weisz seemed to happen pretty fast IIRC)
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3:31PM on 03/07/2013
Why doesn't Danny Boyle ever get mentioned for Bond?
Why doesn't Danny Boyle ever get mentioned for Bond?
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10:52PM on 03/07/2013
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3:45PM on 03/07/2013
Ritchie ruined sherlock and I wouldn't let him near James Bond.
How about Cronenberg. He did some serious Action with Eastern Promises...
Ritchie ruined sherlock and I wouldn't let him near James Bond.
How about Cronenberg. He did some serious Action with Eastern Promises...
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4:00PM on 03/07/2013

I think....

I think he'll do a good job, I enjoyed the Sherlock movies... Although it would be cool to see a Nolan bond movie. But I dobt he's going to make one anytime soon. As lond as Daniel Craig comes back and they pick a good director, I'm excited for this.
I think he'll do a good job, I enjoyed the Sherlock movies... Although it would be cool to see a Nolan bond movie. But I dobt he's going to make one anytime soon. As lond as Daniel Craig comes back and they pick a good director, I'm excited for this.
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4:45PM on 03/07/2013
I think Guy Ritchie would do a good Bond so long as he laid off the slow motion but really, someone should convince Christopher Nolan to do it. That would be an awesome movie.
I think Guy Ritchie would do a good Bond so long as he laid off the slow motion but really, someone should convince Christopher Nolan to do it. That would be an awesome movie.
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4:46PM on 03/07/2013

No love for Matthew Vaughn?

Already has worked with Daniel Craig before, is English, and has already shown he can tackle different genres. Layer Cake, Kick-Ass, X-Men First Class, and was heavily rumored for the Star Wars gig before Abrams swooped in. My money is on either Danny Boyle, Guy Ritchie, or Matthew Vaughn.

Of course my personal pick would be Christopher Nolan....but one can only dream.
Already has worked with Daniel Craig before, is English, and has already shown he can tackle different genres. Layer Cake, Kick-Ass, X-Men First Class, and was heavily rumored for the Star Wars gig before Abrams swooped in. My money is on either Danny Boyle, Guy Ritchie, or Matthew Vaughn.

Of course my personal pick would be Christopher Nolan....but one can only dream.
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8:02PM on 03/07/2013
Matthew Vaughn is just Guy Ritchie Lite. Why bother with the lame imitation when you can get the real thing?
Matthew Vaughn is just Guy Ritchie Lite. Why bother with the lame imitation when you can get the real thing?
7:27PM on 03/07/2013
naw he is becoming another Del Tro who always drops out of projects out of the blue.
naw he is becoming another Del Tro who always drops out of projects out of the blue.
5:40PM on 03/07/2013

Adele? Hell no.

Give the next theme to Queens Of The Stone Age.
Give the next theme to Queens Of The Stone Age.
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10:44PM on 03/07/2013
Hm. Perhaps my comment required more sarcastically placed emoticons. Maybe I should have said Megadeth.

Obviously QOTSA aren't right for Bond. And seriously now, having said that, I don't think Adele's theme was Oscar-worthy.
Hm. Perhaps my comment required more sarcastically placed emoticons. Maybe I should have said Megadeth.

Obviously QOTSA aren't right for Bond. And seriously now, having said that, I don't think Adele's theme was Oscar-worthy.
8:38PM on 03/07/2013
Queens dont suck. But they definitey dont fit Bond.

You know Muse is coming....
Queens dont suck. But they definitey dont fit Bond.

You know Muse is coming....
6:17PM on 03/07/2013
Oh so you would want the next Bond themed song to suck ass? How clever.
Oh so you would want the next Bond themed song to suck ass? How clever.
6:16PM on 03/07/2013
5:43PM on 03/07/2013

Thoughts on Tarantino.

Personally I think he's an awesome director and I love his movies, but I don't think he's right for the Bond franchise. However, I would love to see him write and direct his OWN brand of 60s cold-war spy movie, with his own original characters. That would be something to see.
Personally I think he's an awesome director and I love his movies, but I don't think he's right for the Bond franchise. However, I would love to see him write and direct his OWN brand of 60s cold-war spy movie, with his own original characters. That would be something to see.
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5:50PM on 03/07/2013

Guy Ritchie could actually be really good.

Martin Campbell? NO. He's had enough turns.
James Cameron? NO. I'm pretty sure he's going to be busy with Avatar for the next decade or so anyway.
Ang Lee? NO. Clint Eastwood? NO. Ridley Scott? NO.
Brad Bird could do it. He proved it with MI:Ghost Protocol.
Martin Campbell? NO. He's had enough turns.
James Cameron? NO. I'm pretty sure he's going to be busy with Avatar for the next decade or so anyway.
Ang Lee? NO. Clint Eastwood? NO. Ridley Scott? NO.
Brad Bird could do it. He proved it with MI:Ghost Protocol.
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6:06PM on 03/07/2013
Didn't we already see a rough, stylish Bond in the form of Casino Royale?
Didn't we already see a rough, stylish Bond in the form of Casino Royale?
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7:29PM on 03/07/2013
I love the idea of Guy Ritchie directing the next Bond. The new Sherlock Holmes films are some of my favorite films of recent.
I love the idea of Guy Ritchie directing the next Bond. The new Sherlock Holmes films are some of my favorite films of recent.
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8:05PM on 03/07/2013

Holy hyperbole Batman

Adele's song had a cool vibe but the lyrics are atrocious and she sounds bored singing it. It's fine, but only the best Bond theme ever if you ignore almost every other Bond theme ever. She got the Oscar for being Adele, not for writing an exceptional song.
Adele's song had a cool vibe but the lyrics are atrocious and she sounds bored singing it. It's fine, but only the best Bond theme ever if you ignore almost every other Bond theme ever. She got the Oscar for being Adele, not for writing an exceptional song.
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8:53PM on 03/07/2013
You are completely right. Her voice is great, and the arrangement is great, but I listened to the lyrics watching the Blu-Ray last night and they are completely fucking stupid.
You are completely right. Her voice is great, and the arrangement is great, but I listened to the lyrics watching the Blu-Ray last night and they are completely fucking stupid.
8:41PM on 03/07/2013
I llove Adele, and you are absolutely correct. Her talent was waisted on that hastily cranked out borefest.
I llove Adele, and you are absolutely correct. Her talent was waisted on that hastily cranked out borefest.
8:11PM on 03/07/2013

Tomas Alfredson

He's the guy who did "Let the Right One In" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
He's the guy who did "Let the Right One In" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
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8:51PM on 03/07/2013

Matthew Vaughn

Someone called Vaughn Guy Rithcie lite below which is absurd. Layer Cake is a better film than anything Ritchie has ever done and I say that as a huge fan of his films. Layer Cake is genius. Beyond that one film which takes place in the English crime genre what else has Vaughn done that even relates to anything Ritchie has done? Stardust? X-Men? Kick-Ass? Layer Cake is also the part that got Craig the role as Bond so it seems fitting for Vaughn to take over the Bond franchise for a film or two.
Someone called Vaughn Guy Rithcie lite below which is absurd. Layer Cake is a better film than anything Ritchie has ever done and I say that as a huge fan of his films. Layer Cake is genius. Beyond that one film which takes place in the English crime genre what else has Vaughn done that even relates to anything Ritchie has done? Stardust? X-Men? Kick-Ass? Layer Cake is also the part that got Craig the role as Bond so it seems fitting for Vaughn to take over the Bond franchise for a film or two.
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8:55PM on 03/07/2013
Whatever. The guy is a pastiche artist, and not in an interesting way. Lousy storyteller, and his films are tonally all over the place.
Whatever. The guy is a pastiche artist, and not in an interesting way. Lousy storyteller, and his films are tonally all over the place.
9:18PM on 03/07/2013
As I mentioned in the previous Bond article, Kenneth Branagh. Not only can he wring some great performances out of everyone, he sure he could handle mainstream blockbuster fare (i.e. "Thor").
As I mentioned in the previous Bond article, Kenneth Branagh. Not only can he wring some great performances out of everyone, he sure he could handle mainstream blockbuster fare (i.e. "Thor").
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5:24PM on 03/08/2013
Cool, maybe Hamlet should be the villain then?
Cool, maybe Hamlet should be the villain then?
10:46PM on 03/07/2013

MARTIN CAMPBELL

Just bring back Martin Campbell, I'm afraid Broccs and Wilson are going to point the Bond franchise into a generation of like fuckin' avant garde/experimental Bond movies. I've got nothing against Ritchie, like the dude is best known for gangster flicks. Why not Martin Campbell? He's given us the most visceral Bond to date. He's great at bringing the Bond elegance and bringing his 'high-angle' shot action sequences. I really hope the producers make the right choice!

ALSO: Wouldn't it be nice
Just bring back Martin Campbell, I'm afraid Broccs and Wilson are going to point the Bond franchise into a generation of like fuckin' avant garde/experimental Bond movies. I've got nothing against Ritchie, like the dude is best known for gangster flicks. Why not Martin Campbell? He's given us the most visceral Bond to date. He's great at bringing the Bond elegance and bringing his 'high-angle' shot action sequences. I really hope the producers make the right choice!

ALSO: Wouldn't it be nice to get The Heavy to do the theme for Bond 24? They're British, and they can deff record an awesome soul/rock tune. IMO.
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5:21PM on 03/08/2013
How does Campbell not have style? Watch CR and Edge of Darkness again, you can see the way he places angles, and fast paced shots. His style is purely in the form of how he can make a high octane action sequence. In my opinion, he's my number 1 choice.
How does Campbell not have style? Watch CR and Edge of Darkness again, you can see the way he places angles, and fast paced shots. His style is purely in the form of how he can make a high octane action sequence. In my opinion, he's my number 1 choice.
10:04AM on 03/08/2013
While at this point I'm over Martin Campbell, The Heavy doing a theme song would be pretty sweet.
While at this point I'm over Martin Campbell, The Heavy doing a theme song would be pretty sweet.
11:29PM on 03/07/2013
Campbell's alright for a solid, workmanlike director, but he has no particular style or flair. We've seen his Bonds, they've been fine, but if the series is to survive it needs variations. I say bring someone unique on board.
Campbell's alright for a solid, workmanlike director, but he has no particular style or flair. We've seen his Bonds, they've been fine, but if the series is to survive it needs variations. I say bring someone unique on board.
3:57AM on 03/08/2013
I don't see tarantino doing a Bond film,as things didn't work out well between him and Broccoli's about Casino royale.he even said that he didn't like Skyfall as its like a regular action movie rather than a Bond movie.he isn't a big fan of Daniel craig either and even daniel craig has taken a dig at him about this.i would like to see tarantino do a spy thriller like Bourne series,as he said he was interested in adopting Len Deighton cold war spy novels
I don't see tarantino doing a Bond film,as things didn't work out well between him and Broccoli's about Casino royale.he even said that he didn't like Skyfall as its like a regular action movie rather than a Bond movie.he isn't a big fan of Daniel craig either and even daniel craig has taken a dig at him about this.i would like to see tarantino do a spy thriller like Bourne series,as he said he was interested in adopting Len Deighton cold war spy novels
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4:18AM on 03/08/2013
Directors like Guy ritchie,Zack snyder,Michael bay give more importance to style over substance.but Guy Ritchie is better among them as he did a good job in Sherlock holmes films.my other choices would be Matthew vaughn,Danny boyle,Edgar wright,Neill bloomkamp,Brad bird,Mel Gibson(braveheart,apocalypto),George clooney(confessions of a dangerous mind),paul greengrass(but without shaky-cam)
Directors like Guy ritchie,Zack snyder,Michael bay give more importance to style over substance.but Guy Ritchie is better among them as he did a good job in Sherlock holmes films.my other choices would be Matthew vaughn,Danny boyle,Edgar wright,Neill bloomkamp,Brad bird,Mel Gibson(braveheart,apocalypto),George clooney(confessions of a dangerous mind),paul greengrass(but without shaky-cam)
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10:11AM on 03/08/2013
Really, whoever they get, they need to bring back some of the romantic banter angle. And get someone who can make that work. Matthew Vaughn can do that. Danny Boyle can, too. I guess Ritchie has made some inroads into that department with RocknRolla and Sherlock Holmes. But with Skyfall succeeding on so many levels, the next outing should try and cover that one department that most tend to agree Skyfall came up short in.
Really, whoever they get, they need to bring back some of the romantic banter angle. And get someone who can make that work. Matthew Vaughn can do that. Danny Boyle can, too. I guess Ritchie has made some inroads into that department with RocknRolla and Sherlock Holmes. But with Skyfall succeeding on so many levels, the next outing should try and cover that one department that most tend to agree Skyfall came up short in.
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11:18AM on 03/08/2013
I dunno know about a director but Robert Downey Jr. could be an awesome bad guy.
I dunno know about a director but Robert Downey Jr. could be an awesome bad guy.
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2:29PM on 03/08/2013

It will be Matthew Vaughn

Mark my words, Guy Ritchie will not direct the next Bond flick. It will be Matthew Vaughn. Trust me on this one. Here's what Geek Bazaar had to say about it (they're a newer site I think, but I like them so far):
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Mark my words, Guy Ritchie will not direct the next Bond flick. It will be Matthew Vaughn. Trust me on this one. Here's what Geek Bazaar had to say about it (they're a newer site I think, but I like them so far):
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2:43PM on 03/08/2013
He's proven to be a stellar director, especially with his gangster flicks. Adding his style to the mix to Bond would be interesting to see. The Sherlock Holmes movies was a challenge to Guy Ritchie, and he's proven that he can tackle something out of his ordinary, and still bring his niche to the table.
He's proven to be a stellar director, especially with his gangster flicks. Adding his style to the mix to Bond would be interesting to see. The Sherlock Holmes movies was a challenge to Guy Ritchie, and he's proven that he can tackle something out of his ordinary, and still bring his niche to the table.
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