Tom Hiddleston may not be the only alum from “The Night Manager” to have a shot at the James Bond franchise. Reports claim that Susanne Bier, who directed all six parts of the aforementioned BBC/AMC miniseries, is on the shortlist to direct the next Bond film. If she gets the job, Bier would be the first woman to direct a film in the popular spy franchise.
Rumors have been swirling that Hiddleston, who plays a spy in “The Night Manager,” is currently in the running to play James Bond in the 25th film, should current star Daniel Craig officially vacate the spot. Sam Mendes, who directed Craig in the most recent two Bond films – “Spectre” and “Skyfall” – announced this week that he would not be returning for another film, prompting producers to look for different talent.
U.K. publication Radio Times was the first to report that producer Barbara Broccoli had hand-picked the Oscar-winning Bier for the list of potential directors.
In its analysis of the rumors, The Hollywood Reporter notes:
“The move could also shorten Hiddleston’s odds, with Bier having praised her Night Manager lead for having a ‘certain enigmatic quality to his eyes’ and combining elegance and charm with painfulness – something Craig brought by the bucket-load to his latest Bond incarnation – and something she thought for most women was ‘irresistible.”
For the time being, the news is simply speculation. Bond production company Eon has yet to comment on the rumors of Bier or Hiddleston.
“Bond 25” does not yet have an announced production schedule. “The Night Manager” first aired on BBC One in the U.K., and was picked up by AMC for airing in the U.S.