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

By Beth Elderkin on at

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]