I think there were some folks who were surprised when it was announced that (at the time) nine-times Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins was going to be the man behind the camera for 2012’s James Bond franchise installment Skyfall. But no one could argue with the results – a stunningly beautiful looking film, perhaps the best the five decade long film series has seen. And it earned him his tenth Acacdemy Award nod. So it did come as a disappointment when it was announced that Deakins would not be rejoining Skyfall director Sam Mendes for the next, still untitled, Bond film due to a scheduling conflict with him shooting Hail, Caesar! for his long time collaborators the Coen Brothers.
Mendes has now announced who will be filling Deakins sizable shoes – Dutch-Swedish cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema. While not quite a household name amongst film fans, his work certainly is. He first came to notice for his work on the original version of the vampire tale Let The Right One In. He also contributed equally stunning work on Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and last year’s Her. Most recently he filled in for Christopher Nolan’s long-time collaborator Wally Pfister for Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar. Although his resume isn’t as long as Deakin’s, I dare say that van Hoytema is lesser choice for the position and his hiring here will give his work a well deserved boost in visibility.