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Modern James Bond Directors: 3 Filmmakers Who Stand Out

By    |   Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 11:51 AM

James Bond movies have defined the action film genre since their debut in the 1960s, but the director position has changed hands several times since. Each director contributes his own style to the classic films. Here are the three stand-out modern James Bond directors that have helped define this generation of 007 films.

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1. Sam Mendes, "Spectre" (2015), "Skyfall" (2012)

The most recent in the long line-up of James Bond directors, Mendes is the first director in 24 years to direct back-to-back James Bond movies. According to Biography.com, "Skyfall" was Mendes’ first full-length action film, and it “immediately garnered critical and commercial acclaim, earning an estimated $90 million in its opening weekend.”

The film earned five Academy Award nominations in 2013, winning for Best Original Song for Adele’s “Skyfall,” and for Best Sound Editing. Mendes has a subtle style, making every film well-crafted, and constantly challenging himself by taking on new projects in a variety of genres, The Guardian reports. Rumor has it that this tendency to deviate from the predictable is what will make Mendes’ newest film, "Spectre" – set for a Nov. 6, 2015, release – one of the most exciting Bond movies yet.

2. Mark Forster, "Quantum of Solace" (2008)

When faced with a legacy as great as the Bond films present, it’s no wonder that directors will get anxious. Timeout.com interviewed Mark Forster six weeks before "Quantum of Solace’s" original release date to get the word on how the director was attempting to blend tradition and progress.

Forster was not use to the pressure and outside decision-making that accompanied a Bond film, but Forster drew confidence from his strong relationship with agent 007 himself, Daniel Craig. His confidence was just, as the film broke UK box office records for largest Friday opening and highest-grossing opening records, as reported by Variety magazine.

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3. Martin Campbell, "Casino Royale (2006)," "GoldenEye" (1995)

Beginning his career with “adult-minded films” and thriller pieces is what makes Martin Campbell stand out as one of the best modern James Bond directors, according to The New York Times. His directorial choice of Pierce Brosnan as Agent 007 in "GoldenEye" was a huge hit, achieving some of the highest success a Bond film had seen in years.

When Campbell introduced Daniel Craig as James Bond in "Casino Royale," he continued his legacy of successful Bond films. Campbell’s success stems from his ability to breathe life into the Bond films and capture true chemistry between his cast members. Perhaps he should direct every Bond film that features a new 007 actor, as those James Bond movies seem to be a guaranteed hit.

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