In the Naughties i was a supporter of McGuigan to direct a Bond movie - after the terrific Gangster No. 1 and the underrated Lucky Number Slevin.
But after his truly appalling Frankestien movie i 'd like to see him get his mojo back before being handed the Bond chair. Though i haven’t seen it, i don’t imagine the acclaimed Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool will be a sign of this, since the genre isn’t remotely close to Bond (unlike the 2 great aforementioned movies).
Whereas Mackenzie has shown with ‘Hell and High Water’ and ‘Starred Up’ he can deliver on drama, action and violence (the latter being in keeping with the story and characters, rather than sensationalised 'violence for violence sake).
His Robert The Bruce movie The Outlaw King is pending so i hope it doesn’t do for him what Frankenstien did for McGuigan…
I’d prefer Denis V, but it’s not happening. I don’t see Nolan accepting the Bond gig until he can recast and rebrand. After that i think Mackenzie is the most interesting choice (with Yann D on his heels).
However, Yann’s forthcoming crime movie White Boy Rick could turn all of that on it’s head if it’s good enough, but it’s not out until August (Eon will probably get a preview if wanted). IMDB has nothing else lined up for Yann after White Boy, which is odd for a Director on an upward trajectory - wonder if he’s been asked to hold back that information?
Btw, i’ve noted before that 2 of these directors have worked with actor Jack O’Connell, so if either get into the Bond fold could they possibly bring him in as Craig’s successor? Sure he’s 5’8" tall, but with his talent i’d let that pass - imo he’s the next Tom Hardy, in terms of critically recognised acting chops and the slew of roles that will follow this snowballing recognition.
Because of that i doubt he’d want to be Bond at this stage in his burgeoning career, but it would be a coup if Eon could sign O’Connell and both Yann and Mackenzie may make that possible.