The Night Manager director Susanne Bier is on the shortlist to helm the next JAMES BOND installment, with the news coming just days after Sam Mendes revealed he would not return to the franchise. If chosen, Bier would be the first woman to direct a Bond film.
Tom Hiddleston is seemingly the fan favorite to take over the role and would replace Daniel Craig. He starred as a concierge-turned-spy in Bier’s Night Manager miniseries. Her appointment to the job would definitely help Hiddleston’s chances into the role.
Current Bond Daniel Craig is walking away from the role and reportedly a big payday as well after criticizing the character. Craig referred to 007 as a “mysogynist” and said he would “rather slash his wrists” than continue with the franchise. His leaving the role has prompted a few online campaigns to bring diversity to the role with Idris Elba’s name quickly rising to the top on social media. More recently Gillian Anderson announced her interest in a gender-swapped Bond.
In addition to Night Manager, Bier has directed feature films Brothers, After The Wedding, and the Academy Award-winning In A Better World.
Bier is repped by CAA.
This news was first reported by Radio Times.