Casino Royale Director Says He Would Only Return to James Bond If Daniel Craig Didn't

Image: MGM
Image: MGM

Martin Campbell, the director who brought both Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig’s James Bonds to the big screen, has said he would think about coming back if Craig was gone for good. But don’t worry—that’s not actually an insult.

In an interview with Cinema Blend, Campbell was asked whether he would ever return for another James Bond film. Campbell was the director behind both Goldeneye and Casino Royale, the films where Brosnan and Craig first appeared in their dapper tuxedos. Campbell revealed he’s been offered to direct just about every Bond film since Goldeneye, but only came back for Casino Royale. That’s because he didn’t want to repeat himself, and would rather take the story in a new direction with a new Bond.

“I was pretty much offered every one after that. But I just felt that I was [repeating] it. Another control room to blow up; another nutcase taking over the world,” Campbell said. “There is something refreshing about starting a new Bond.”


Craig is confirmed to reprise the role of James Bond one last time, even though he’d previously said had no intention of doing so. That said, that could mean Campbell has an opportunity to step in whenever the new Bond (I’m still crossing my fingers for Idris Elba) arrives.

[Cinema Blend]

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Ivan Nazarov

Here’s my idea for a Bond film. In the latest installment, the new Bond discovers that a man named James Bond (played by Sean Connery) has been assassinated. And then another (George Lazenby) is offed, and then another and another. He comes to find out there have been multiple James Bonds, and that he is just the latest in a series. Now, someone who knows the secret of the Bonds is killing them off one by one. The new Bond teams up with the last Bond (Craig) to discover the killer, who is . . . ta da! James Bond (Timothy Dalton). He’s been killing them off because he couldn’t deal with the thought of being the worst Bond. In the final battle, Craig is killed off by the Dalton Bond while the new Bond becomes the final Bond by taking out the Dalton Bond. I’ll take my money now, Hollywood.