So the Bond 25 release date has been confirmed as 8th November 2019. It's believed that Daniel Craig will indeed return to the role of 007 one final time, although official confirmation hasn't yet arrived. And now the official shortlist of directors for the job has been unveiled. Here's the shortlist...
Rumoured to be the frontrunner, French filmmaker Demange electrified audiences in 2014 with his stripped down thriller '71. The acclaimed movie plunged us into a fight for survival amidst the 1971 Belfast Troubles, eliciting a superb performance from rising star Jack O'Connell in the process.
The movie was nominated for BAFTAs for Best British Film and Outstanding British Debut, announcing Yann Demange's talents to the wider world. If the new Bond movie can have a fraction of the energy and taut tension of his previous movie, we could be seeing something very exciting indeed.
Next up for Demange is Matthew McConaughey thriller White Boy Rick – just goes to show the director is attracting some serious Hollywood talent, which could tip the Bond odds in his favour.
Contemporary filmmakers don't come more feted than the visionary behind Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario and last year's astonishing sci-fi drama Arrival.
Villeneuve has caused a significant impact in a relatively short amount of time, showing himself to be a master of broody, immersive and often threatening atmosphere. Arrival was heralded as an Oscar favourite, once more lending intelligence to the alien invasion movie and winning the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing.
Denis Villeneuve is next bringing us Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott's classic and his biggest project yet. Given he's got the skill and confidence to helm such an important project, surely it's only a hop, skip and jump to a Bond movie?
This Scottish filmmaker has spent the last decade and a half racking up a string of offbeat British movies but it was the gritty, hard-hitting atmosphere of his 2014 prison movie Starred Up that got him international attention.
The movie immersed audiences in a tough, terrifying environment and featured superb performances from Jack O'Connell and Rogue One's Ben Mendelsohn. Even so, the film's warm reception was merely an entree for the acclaim that greeted Mackenzie's next project.
Hell or High Water, released in September 2016, was a juicy mixture of Western, noir and Bonnie and Clyde crime caper, beautifully evocative in its depiction of the Texas landscape with excellent performances from Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster.
It was a surprise Oscar darling and further confirmed David Mackenzie as a filmmaker of real standing. Will he be bringing that same mastery of atmosphere and character to Bond? If it worked for Sam Mendes, it could work for him.
Which of these three directors do you want to see helming the new Bond movie? Let us know @Cineworld.