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Bond Director Chosen?

Campbell lands a second shot at 007
10 November 2004

With all the endless hoo-ha over who's going to play then next Bond (our money's still on Boris Johnson), the rabid, salivating masses seem to have overlooked the small matter of who's actually going to direct Bond 21. No longer though, as it has been announced that Martin Campbell is being courted for the coveted project.

Martin Campbell? But didn't he direct Goldeneye? Well spotted, he did indeed – and Vertical Limit, Beyond Borders and two episodes of Bergerac too, but best not to dwell on those.

Currently filming The Legend of Zorro with Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Campbell is in official negotiations to take on Bond 21, but given that he's already had his turn at the trough and that almost every A-list director on Earth would give their worldly possessions, their children and many unspeakable parts of their anatomy for the opportunity, it does seems a little… uninspired.

Don't get us wrong, Goldeneye is by no means the black sheep of the canon, but with so many names to choose from, Campbell's is perhaps not the first that springs to mind. While it's true that, much like Britain with the post-war Olympics, Campbell's contribution to reviving the franchise in 1995 might be seen as ample reason to give the man a second run, we can't help thinking that a more visible name would have helped the project, especially with a new face in the lead.

If Campbell does agree to take the gig (and let's face it, who wouldn't) the film will be tentatively scheduled for a 2006 release.

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