Susanne Bier Could Be James Bond Franchise's First Female Director

While the film world waits, apparently with baited breath, on Daniel Craig's decision to return as James Bond, it's important to remember what will factor into his choice. The actor wants to take a wait-and-see approach, find out where the screenplay is at and learn who his director will be. With Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes taking his name out of the running, an intriguing new option has just been floated, and it's one that would be a game-changer for the franchise. It could also signify the end of Craig's run as 007.

A report from the U.K.'s Radio Times says acclaimed Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier is a "leading contender" to direct the next Bond movie. Bier is an Oscar-winner behind such films as In A Better World, Love Is All You Need, and the high-profile flop Serena starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. But she's also the director behind the hit miniseries The Night Manager, which happened to star popular Bond candidate Tom Hiddleston. Could the success they've seen on the drama be enough to convince Bond producer Barbara Broccoli to give them a shot? Specifically, is the franchise ready for its first female director? Bier isn't the most obvious choice, having mostly directed renowned international dramas. The same could have been said of Mendes, though, and that turned out pretty good for all involved.

Other names thrown into the mix are Christopher Nolan and Danny Boyle, while Damian Lewis, Idris Elba, and Tom Hardy are mentioned as potential 007's.  The Bond franchise is probably too strict for Nolan, even though he's expressed some interest in it before. Of the actors, none of them seem very likely, despite Elba clearly being the fans' choice.