With Sam Mendes confirming that he won't be returning to direct Spectre, British bookmaker William Hill has installed as the favorite to land the gig. You can currently get odds of 4/1 for the Sherlock Holmes helmer, while and Casino Royale director are in second place at 9/1. If you like your odds longer, then you can back the trio of , and who all come in at 33/1.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams explained the thinking behind Ritchie for Bond:
The Sherlock Holmes films have been an enormous success, and we believe that Guy Ritchie is the man to be entrusted with the Bond franchise, although Bond by Quentin Tarantino would make interesting viewing.
Instead of having a metaphorical race for the Bond gig, they should actually have the directors compete against each other in a series of challenges that escalate in difficulty. Start with a simple karaoke competition performing a Bond theme tune, for instance, and end with them having to name all the Bond movies in reverse order, while slowly being lowered into a tank full of mutated, ill-tempered sea bass with frikkin' laser beams on their heads.
At the moment I'm not taking William Hill's odds too seriously. It's basically a list of the most famous directors working in the movie industry, or at least the ones that they've heard of. I'm surprised that they haven't included and in there too.
I'm interested to read what you guys have to say. Would Ritchie be a good choice for Bond 24? If not, who would you like to see get the gig? Drop your suggestions in the comment section below.