“I’ll still be blowing it up”: Daniel Craig’s ‘Casino Royale’ Director Refused to Return for James Bond Sequels for One Reason After Delivering Slickest Reboot

Martin Campbell refused to direct further James Bond sequels stating how there was not much to discover with the Bond series.

"I'll still be blowing it up": Daniel Craig's 'Casino Royale' Director Refused to Return for James Bond Sequels for One Reason After Delivering Slickest Reboot

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  • The Bond franchise nearly reached the verge of losing viewership and fanbase but Martin Campbell's sequel surprisingly revived the franchise to its glory.
  • Martin Campbell disclosed the reason he refused to come back to the James Bond Sequels.
  • Campbell felt there was no character development and rarely anything more to discover.
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The James Bond franchise was almost on the verge of extinction until Martin Campbell breathed life into the franchise twice. Coming up with two back-to-back reboots, Pierce Brosnan’s Goldeneye and Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale, Campbell marked a great success for the film series. 

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However, after the success of the Daniel Craig-led reboot in 2006, Martin Campbell refused to come back to the series. No one knew why the director didn’t want to return, until his interview for his action-thriller, The Protégé. During the 2021 interview, Campbell disclosed his reasons. 

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Martin Campbell Refused to Return for James Bond Sequels

There is no denying that Ian Fleming’s James Bond is the most renowned spy character of all time. All thanks to the book adaptations that remained timeless classics through generations. Playing the titular character of 007, several Hollywood stars have gained prominence in the industry. 

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The James Bond franchise was on the verge of losing its popularity

But, there came a time in the early 90s, when the James Bond films were starting to lose their touch. After John Glen’s License to Kill (1989) featuring Timothy Dalton nearly failed to make an impact, the franchise nearly reached the verge of losing viewership and fanbase. But luckily the franchise was saved by Martin Campbell

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Martin Campbell saved the Bond franchise with two back to back sequels

Campbell took control of the reins and came up with GoldenEye (1995) featuring Pierce Brosnan. His sequel surprisingly revived the franchise to its glory and the director thereafter came up with Casino Royale (2006) featuring Daniel Craig. But following his 2006 sequel, Campbell purposefully refused to return to the Bond franchise. 

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Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale Director Stated His Reasons 

Despite breathing life into the James Bond franchise Martin Campbell took off after Daniel Craig-led Casino Royale achieved its commercial success. No one knew why the director never returned to the franchise, but all were curious. Thus in 2021 Campbell finally addressed the reason why he refused to direct more Bond movies. 

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Campbell refused to return after Goldeneye and Casino Royale

Speaking with Slashfilm in 2021, during the promotion of his action-thriller, The Protégé, Martin Campbell stated his reasons behind quitting the James Bond franchise. Clearly stating how there was not much to discover with the Bond series, Campbell mentioned taking off from the renowned franchise. 

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I felt I did my part with Goldeneye. I just felt, how many control rooms can I blow up? It’ll be a differently designed control room, but I’ll still be blowing it up. There will still be nutcases wanting to take over the world.” 

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Martin Campbell mentioned why he didn’t return for more Bond movies

Also, with Bond, his character is his character. You’re not discovering much more if you see what I mean. So, that was the reason I decided to back off doing more with the exception of Casino Royale.” 

Thus, eventually, as Martin Campbell felt there was no character development and rarely anything more to discover, he left the franchise, once and for all.

Watch the James Bond movies on Prime Video. 

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