According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bourne Supremacy stunt director Dan Bradley will be the second unit director for Bond 22.
Of course, the article has to indulge in the kind of tired snark that drives me up the wall.
Ever since the “Bourne” movies have come on the scene, the makers of James Bond have been in the line of fire for having a dusty, lethargic spy on their hands — “Casino Royale” notwithstanding.
But it looks like EON Prods. and Columbia Pictures might be kicking it up a notch for the next Bond film.
Taking a page from the “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” handbook, the production has hired “Bourne Supremacy” and “Bourne Ultimatum” action designer Dan Bradley as the film’s second unit director.
That crap makes me want to scream! The Bond films have always been cutting edge with stunts, starting with the unique choreography of fights by Bob Simmons, the first-of-its-kind filming of ski action, moving into the nineties with a record breaking bungee jump, and continuing right up to the present day.
HR wants to set aside Casino Royale? Fine. There were two outstanding man-to-man fights in Die Another Day: Bond vs. Zao in a roomful of scary medical equipment (he squeezed his IV! Ow! He strangled him with the IV! OW!), and the swordfight between Bond and Graves. Plus the woman-to-woman sword action at the climax, and the hovercraft chase, and the Aston Martin vs. Jaguar gadget battle. Yes, DAD had the Evil CGI parasurfing fiasco, but that leaves a whole hell of a lot of excellent action.
What Eon achieved with CR was not to “kick it up a notch” but to tone it down. DAD was too far into the fantasy realm, but Eon didn’t need flippin’ Jason Bourne to figure that out.