James Bond’s next mission will have to be put on hold for the moment while a new cinematographer is found. After working on the last James Bond film Skyfall with frequent collaborator Sam Mendes, Roger Deakins has dropped out of the film and will need to be replaced.
Kris Tapley of In Contention heard directly from the Oscar nominated cinematographer himself that Bond 24 isn’t in the cards for him.
At dinner with Deakins last night I learned some news that makes me sad: He won’t be shooting the next Bond.
— Kristopher Tapley (@kristapley) February 16, 2014
This is news that will really bring Bond fans down, as Deakins brilliant eye was something that helped bring a new edge to the series with Skyfall. Many noted right away that there was a different tone to the film and that was apparent in the way that Deakins lit, set up and crafted scenes with his camera.
With Deakins gone, the search for a new cinematographer will begin and there will be massive shoes to fill. Even as recently as the 90s, the Bond films weren’t known as pieces of art but thanks to their vintage appeal and the amazing talent assembled at the moment, the expectations for Bond 24 are high and thanks to Deakins, the task is even harder in more than one way.