The American is an excellent, understated character piece. If they ever adapted Pearson’s Bond biography such a character study would be apt.
However, for such a cerebral and complex movie there’s other directors higher on my list for it. With much of its story dependant upon shifts back and forth in time the chops of Nolan, or the combo of Scorsese & Schoonmaker, or indeed CJF would be ideal.
Not such a fan of Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man. Really wanted to like that movie, but in the end I found it a collection of nice, if showboating performance, but little else. Ultimately I thought it was strong on tone and posture, but weak on content.
Felt the same about Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy. Fantastic performances and tone, but ultimately failed to deliver on resolving the story beats; though that’s symptomatic of this story simply needing more time to be told. You can’t cut Smilie’s solving of the case down to a montage involving him sat in an armchair pondering/waiting.
But I digress, Corbijn is certainly an interesting Director who’s more than transcended a long and distinguished promo career. There’s also the 2007 Ian Curtis biopic Control, which had Stella reviews and I heard nothing but great things about (must get around to watching it someday).
Bringing my rambling back to this thread, he’s worked with Depeche Mode a lot, as well as The Killers on the best track they’ve ever done (imo) All These Things That I’ve Done.
Both bands must surely make appearances on Eon’s list for every Bond movie. I’d love to see Depeche Mode get the nod and I’m sure The Killers would be a popular choice.
If the latter did Bond, then something as anthemic and classic as the afformentioned track would be amazing. Alternatively something edgy like Somebody Told Me, or The Man. But, please, not the soft-rock-pop stuff that pads out their singles and albums.