Direc­tor eyes up Bond job

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Guy Ritchie is in talks to di­rect the next James Bond movie.

The 48-year-old (pic­tured) is cur­rently in Los An­ge­les, where he is set to hold talks with pro­ducer Michael G Wil­son about tak­ing over the fran­chise from Sam Men­des.

A source told Mir­ror.co.uk: “Guy has moved up the short­list and is now the front run­ner. He’s meet­ing Michael this week to try to do a deal and see if they can agree on a shared vi­sion for the film.

“Guy is un­der se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion for Bond 25 and this LA trip should help take this fur­ther. He doesn’t have Sam’s artistry, but Guy is a fast-paced, stunt-based direc­tor who knows his stuff.

“He also has on his side the abil­ity to keep calm and bal­ance a big bud­get.”

Men­des has di­rected Sky­fall and Spec­tre in the lon­grun­ning spy fran­chise but re­vealed in May that he will not re­turn for another movie as he wants to work on some­thing new. He said: “It was an in­cred­i­ble ad­ven­ture, I loved ev­ery sec­ond of it. But I think it’s time for some­body else. I’m a sto­ry­teller. And at the end of the day, I want to make sto­ries with new char­ac­ters. “I can guar­an­tee what­ever hap­pens with it, it will not be what you ex­pect. That’s what she [pro­ducer Bar­bara Broc­coli] has been bril­liant at, and that’s how it’ll sur­vive.” Mean­while, Ralph Fi­ennes – who plays Bond’s MI6 han­dler – re­cently ar­gued the next direc­tor needs to of­fer dif­fer­ent “tone and ar­gu­ment”. And it will not only be the direc­tor who is new, with Daniel Craig ex­pected not to reprise the role of 007.

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