James Bond has a new director, and his name is Marc Foster. Foster was officially announced in a press release issued by Sony Pictures, which was full of the usual gushing you always find in press releases like this. Foster is an interesting choice, since he hasn't really made a comparable movie yet. His filmography is very diverse, with movies like Stranger than Fiction, Monsters Ball, Finding Neverland and the upcoming The Kite Runner, and Bond 22 would be, in Foster's eyes, a nice addition.
"I have always been drawn to different kinds of stories and I have also always been a Bond fan, so it is very exciting to take on this challenge," Foster was quoted as saying in the press release. "The new direction that the Bond character has taken offers a director a host of new possibilities and I look forward to working with Daniel Craig, Barbara Broccoli, and Michael Wilson, as well as the team at Sony and MGM on this new film." It would have been more interesting to read something a little bit more interesting than just this generic bit of information, but at least it's good to know Foster is excited. I'm pretty sure he will be able to bring some more emotions and drama to proceedings, while it will also be interesting to see how Foster can handle the action.
While the press release goes on with several people sticking feathers in Foster's rear, the most interesting thing about all this is left out: why did they choose Foster, when there are so many action directors out there dying to do a Bond? Again, I am not saying this is a bad choice, on the contrary, I'm just curious why they would choose someone with no history in action movies. Then again, their previous choice to direct this Bond movie was Notting Hill director Roger Michell, another guy with no experience in action movies. I'm guessing the Bond-team really do want this new movie to take a new direction, and that is something that has to be applauded.