Once again the Bond series is in a bit of an awkward position. Despite Skyfall releasing as recently as 2012 (back when the series seemed to have struck a brilliant blend between old and new), 2015's Spectre and the possibility of Daniel Craig exiting the franchise has fans concerned for the future.
One thing we know for certain is that Sam Mendes will not be directing Bond 25. Mendes has done a lot for Bond: whereas Casino Royale was a brutal, fresh take on the character, Mendes managed to blend modern grit with classic Bond sensibilities, including reinventing a host fan favourite characters. Mendes truly offered the best of both worlds.
With that said, fresh blood is always a good thing, and a new director has the potential to bring a whole new style and tone to the franchise, or at the very least to put their own unique spin on the narrative. After all, Sam Mendes was something of a left field pick: most of his previous films are artier and more intimate than action-oriented, yet he adapted to Bond very well.
From a fantastic sci-fi director to someone who might literally be able to transport Bond back to his roots, here are eight potential directors for Bond 25 (and where they should take the series next).