Edgar Wright Has A James Bond Pitch, Says We Need 'Milk Chocolate' After Daniel Craig

It is no surprise that filmmaker Edgar Wright, whose new thriller "Last Night in Soho" opens this Friday, has an opinion on James Bond. Nor is it surprising that the man who parodied action movies so deftly in "Hot Fuzz" would like to see the 007 franchise head in a lighter, perhaps more cheeky direction. 

That's exactly what Wright has told the Happy Sad Confused podcast (via GamesRadar), in addition to revealing that he has a pitch for longtime Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, one that he's not game to reveal on a movie podcast. Since the filmmaker grew up during the extensive (and often extremely cheeky) reign of Roger Moore as the British super agent, it makes sense that he would want a lighter approach in recasting the role now that Daniel Craig's brutally grim turn has run its course. 

"Some of the names being bandied around, I can't quite see it."

Here is Wright's quote about what kind of Bond he fancies should be next in rotation: 

"I think Daniel Craig has so made an indelible stamp on that franchise that I think you have to go in a slightly different direction. Because I don't think there's anything to be gained by continuing in the same vein, and I would certainly think that it would be interesting to try and – I mean, I do have a take, which ever they ask me, I'll definitely pitch it to them. [Laughs] So I'm not going to say it on the podcast. But I do think that, when I sometimes see some of the names being bandied around, I can't quite see it, in terms of to me they feel like Daniel Craig 2... My theory is that the Bonds have got to be like dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and I think you've got to alternate."

It's interesting that Wright chooses not to disclose his pitch for the 007 franchise. Is it possible he harbors a secret desire to make a bond film? Other major auteurs like Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Christopher Nolan have all vocally expressed interest in making a Bond movie at some point, but instead made their own twists on the idea with Indiana Jones, "Kill Bill," and whatever "Tenet" was. 

Wright has famously had his own brushes with making a similar-style action blockbuster, having walked away from Marvel's "Ant-Man." He also turned down a shot at directing 2011's "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" for his friend J.J. Abrams. How would the filmmaker — who clearly relishes having an intense amount of creative control over his projects — function under EON Productions, who justifiably feel like they have the Bond formula down pat at this point? We shall see if that ever comes to pass, but it's far more likely the next Bond director will be more of a journeyman than Wright.