With Skyfall director Sam Mendes leaving behind 007 to pursue making a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stage musical, the question on everyone Bond fan's mind is who will be taking over the franchise, followed closely by "why doesn't Bond ever use a jetpack anymore?" There's still a sad lack of clarity to the latter question, but as for the director thing, we now have some possible candidates.
Sources for Variety caution "it could still be some time until a decision is made" but claim that Iron Man 3's Shane Black, Les Misérables' Tom Hooper, latter-day Harry Potter's David Yates, and Life of Pi's recent Best Director winner Ang Lee are among what could end up being several other candidates taking meetings with Eon and Sony to helm the next Bond. What's more, it sounds like Drive and Only God Forgives's Nicolas Winding Refn is likely one of the others up for the job. When asked by FirstShowing about the issue, he clammed up but still seemed to reveal a bit too much, flashing the kind of coy grin he typically reserves for dinners with Gosling.
Of course, just a couple weeks ago Christopher Nolan was supposedly taking meetings with producers too, and whether some of these varyingly-prestigious and/or franchise-exhausted directors would even take a job like this is up for debate. What's less up for debate is that if Refn does get hired, it's going to be pretty crazy when Bond smashes a cocktail glass in a guy's face and stabs him into an unrecognizable mush with the broken stem.