By Benjamin Svetkey
Updated April 21, 2010 at 09:48 PM EDT
Credit: Susie Allnutt

Image Credit: Susie AllnuttJames Bond will return, alright, just like the closing credits always promise. Just not for awhile. As EW previously reported, Bond 23 has been delayed indefinitely, while MGM continues looking for a new owner. The business back story is too long and boring to get into here — suffice to say that after Sony rebooted the series with Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, the rights reverted back to MGM, which has been in a state of semi-suspended animation since it went up for sale in November — but the bottom line is that 007 has some unexpected time off. A script has already been written (by Frost/Nixon scribe Peter Morgan, along with longtime Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade), and Daniel Craig has promised to wear the tuxedo again, but the delay raises questions about who will direct. Sam Mendes was reportedly attached — he supposedly left Preacher to do the Bond movie — but we be he may now be looking for something else to do.

All of which got us wondering: When Bond 23 does go back into production, and if Mendes has moved onto another project, who should direct? Over the years, some pretty big names have tried to get their hands on the franchise: Steven Spielberg went on to make Indiana Jones movies after he got turned away by Bond’s producers, and Quentin Tarantino tried to buy the rights to Casino Royale before MGM snapped them up. But who else should be entrusted to direct the most successful spy franchise in history? Peter Jackson? James Cameron? Vincent Gallo? Lars von Trier? We’re open to any suggestions, Pop Watchers…