Cary Joji Fukunaga

A first look at the work of Bond 25 director Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct Bond 25. Photo by Dick Thomas Johnson.

In August 2018 Eon Productions made the shock announcement that Danny Boyle had left the production of Bond 25.

While the short news release didn’t go into detail the media started speculating like wild about who would take over from Boyle and his writer, John Hodge. They also insisted that Bond 25 would be delayed for a year.

But finally, on 20th September while fans anxiously waited for news, Eon broke the radio silence. Boyle’s replacement would be Cary Joji Fukunaga, the first American to direct a Bond movie. And while production will be delayed, it is only by three months.

Fukunaga’s name wasn’t in any article I read about supposed Eon shortlists. So let’s take a look at what he has done to date.

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Fukunaga was born in California in 1977, the son of a Japanese-American father and Swedish-American mother. Originally he wanted to become a pro-snowboarder but in his mid-twenties switched to film. Whether there will be any snowboarding in Bond 25 remains to be seen.

As a filmmaker Fukunaga is quite an all rounder. He has worked as director, producer, writer and cinematographer, all skills that could make Bond 25 shine.

Although he has limited experience directing full length feature films, he won the 2009 Director’s award at Sundance for Sin Nombre. He was also director and executive-producer of the first season of HBO’s True Detective. For that he won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Directing. It is likely that his work on True Detective that brought Barbara Broccoli calling.

On the big screen he directed a version of Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre (2011), with Judi Dench staring alongside Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Jamie Bell. And he wrote, directed, produced and photographed the highly acclaimed war film Beasts of No Nation (2015).

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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3 Responses to “Cary Joji Fukunaga”

  • Gary

    Well, the guy is certainly well accomplished in different aspects of film ! Just hoping he doesn’t pull a “Quantum” on us, like Marc Forever did…

  • Gary

    Just a correction to my previous reply. I meant Marc FORSTER, not “Forever” (lol) . Although “Q.O.S. did seem to go on forever… Stupid tablet spell-check strikes again!

  • Jason Scott

    Why does everyone keep dumping on “Quantum of Solace” ?? It’s an awesome Bond film … start to finish. Give it a break.

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