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Christopher Nolan says he's serious about the prospect of directing a Bond film

Jun. 4, 2012by: Paul Shirey

In the newest issue of Empire magazine, director Christopher Nolan discussed his prospects for future projects, putting one of them to rest and teasing the living hell out of us with the possibility of another.

Nolan's Howard Hughes biopic, which was to star Jim Carey as the reclusive aviator, is now officially off the director's plate, as he stated that the Batman franchise, particularly the character of Bruce Wayne, was able to quench that thirst,  "Luckily I managed to find another wealthy, quirky character who's orphaned at a young age," said Nolan.

The bigger news is the prospect of Nolan on the Bond franchise.  Nolan stated that he is a big fan of the series, as are most Brits, and cited the films as a key influence in his work on both BATMAN BEGINS and INCEPTION, particularly the snowy showdown at the end of the latter (compared to ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE). 

Nolan is very serious about the possibility, but with some reservations, chiefly that of timing.

"It would have to be the right situation and the right time in their cycle of things," said Nolan about tackling 007.  As Nolan is a very hands on director, he would certainly bring a lot of ideas and probably require a larger level of control over the material than most Bond directors, but I think the trade-off would be worth it.

While this is just talk, it's certainly exciting talk nonetheless. This isn't the first time Nolan has mentioned his love of the Bond films and the prospects of making one, so perhaps with a continuous boost of wanting to be a part of the 007 team the producers will hear his call and answer accordingly.

I couldn't think of a better fit for the Bond franchise than Nolan and would love to see what he would do with the franchise. Regardless of what Nolan chooses to do next it will certainly make headlines in a big way.  I expect we'll hear what his next project will be sooner than later, but until that time, I'll continue to hold out hope that his passion for 007 leads to a Nolan-helmed Bond flick.

What say you?

Extra Tidbit: Although Nolan likes to do things his way for whatever project he's on, I'd like to see him work with current Bond, Daniel Craig, if he did venture into 007 territory. What do you think?
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6:35AM on 06/06/2012

umm..

There's no doubt Nolan is a good director but I CAN'T see him doing a Bond movie. Yeah, I KNOW! He's done Batman, Inception yada, yada, yada but I foresee a situation where he'll either miss the mark and go over-the-top (D.A.D meets Inception) or end up totally bland (Q.o.S meets Insomnia).

If he knows what's good for him he better get Tom Tykwer or Stuart Baird as 2nd Unit Director or cinematographer otherwise we'll only be watching 'Batman in a tux' with an extremely short-temper coupled
There's no doubt Nolan is a good director but I CAN'T see him doing a Bond movie. Yeah, I KNOW! He's done Batman, Inception yada, yada, yada but I foresee a situation where he'll either miss the mark and go over-the-top (D.A.D meets Inception) or end up totally bland (Q.o.S meets Insomnia).

If he knows what's good for him he better get Tom Tykwer or Stuart Baird as 2nd Unit Director or cinematographer otherwise we'll only be watching 'Batman in a tux' with an extremely short-temper coupled with the mentality of a Shaolin Monk when it comes to women.
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3:10AM on 06/06/2012

Nolan more than deserves a chance at doing a Bond film.

Nolan has made it clear that he is a HUGE Bond fan for a long time. And it is obvious that he has been kind of living out his Bond through Batman.
Nolan has made it clear that he is a HUGE Bond fan for a long time. And it is obvious that he has been kind of living out his Bond through Batman.
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8:35PM on 06/05/2012
This has to happen.

If the movie gods are good, this has to happen.
This has to happen.

If the movie gods are good, this has to happen.
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4:54PM on 06/05/2012
I've had the good fortune of meeting Christopher Nolan and I remember thinking he reminded me of a cross between a University Professor and James Bond. His demeanor is very calm and collected and he dresses really well. That combined with his love of Bond, original approach to storytelling and ability to handle high concept films would make him the IDEAL fit for a Bond flick.
I've had the good fortune of meeting Christopher Nolan and I remember thinking he reminded me of a cross between a University Professor and James Bond. His demeanor is very calm and collected and he dresses really well. That combined with his love of Bond, original approach to storytelling and ability to handle high concept films would make him the IDEAL fit for a Bond flick.
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11:14AM on 06/05/2012

Please let this happen...

Get the franchise away from people who don't "get" Bond or think he needs to "evolve" or "change" in any way. Nolan would be great, I think.
Get the franchise away from people who don't "get" Bond or think he needs to "evolve" or "change" in any way. Nolan would be great, I think.
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7:30AM on 06/05/2012
Lets give him the reigns after Skyfall!! I want to see him direct Craig and other talent he hasn;t worked with before. He would do a brilliant job with the Bond universe and it being a passion for him would make it that much more sweet.
Lets give him the reigns after Skyfall!! I want to see him direct Craig and other talent he hasn;t worked with before. He would do a brilliant job with the Bond universe and it being a passion for him would make it that much more sweet.
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7:23AM on 06/05/2012
It'd be great to have Nolan direct James Bond film. When it was first released, I actually think Inception was part James Bond, part Altered States. I know Nolan can handle action movie. He started off a bit rough with Batman Begins where some action scenes are hard to follow. But after The Dark Knight and then Inception, I'm confident Nolan can handle James Bond with flying color.
It'd be great to have Nolan direct James Bond film. When it was first released, I actually think Inception was part James Bond, part Altered States. I know Nolan can handle action movie. He started off a bit rough with Batman Begins where some action scenes are hard to follow. But after The Dark Knight and then Inception, I'm confident Nolan can handle James Bond with flying color.
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2:04AM on 06/05/2012
This reminds me of Steven Spielberg's long-time desire to direct a 007 film, and then when they wanted him, they couldn't afford him. Christopher Nolan would definitely be a step in the right direction; I'm very excited to see what Sam Mendes will do with Skyfall. In The Dark Knight, a friend pointed out the Joker's bladed shoe and the skyhook technology from the Bond movies. By Nolan's own admission, he's been "stealing from the Bond films for years", and it would be great if he would finally
This reminds me of Steven Spielberg's long-time desire to direct a 007 film, and then when they wanted him, they couldn't afford him. Christopher Nolan would definitely be a step in the right direction; I'm very excited to see what Sam Mendes will do with Skyfall. In The Dark Knight, a friend pointed out the Joker's bladed shoe and the skyhook technology from the Bond movies. By Nolan's own admission, he's been "stealing from the Bond films for years", and it would be great if he would finally do some. However, he will be confined by some of the series' conventions and may not have a vast amount of creative freedom. Then again, we saw what he did with Batman, so by all means!
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10:00PM on 06/04/2012

Wow

The dudes at MGM would be COMPLETELY retarded if they didn't vigorously pursue Nolan at some point in the future. Give him the creative control he needs, as well as a nice fat cheque, and it'll be golden. It's great that they got a great director in Sam Mendez for Skyfall, let's hope they continue that.
The dudes at MGM would be COMPLETELY retarded if they didn't vigorously pursue Nolan at some point in the future. Give him the creative control he needs, as well as a nice fat cheque, and it'll be golden. It's great that they got a great director in Sam Mendez for Skyfall, let's hope they continue that.
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8:28PM on 06/04/2012
Not sure why this is a surprise. He wouldn't have to worry about writing a quality independent female character.
Not sure why this is a surprise. He wouldn't have to worry about writing a quality independent female character.
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7:45PM on 06/04/2012
Everytime I see the snow-mountain part in Inception, I think it's like a scene from a James Bond movie. So yeah, I think he would be a great Bond director. It may never happen, but it's nice to think about it!
Everytime I see the snow-mountain part in Inception, I think it's like a scene from a James Bond movie. So yeah, I think he would be a great Bond director. It may never happen, but it's nice to think about it!
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7:37PM on 06/04/2012
Bond movies are OK in my book but at the end of the day they're just standard action movies.

I'd much rather see an original work from him.
Bond movies are OK in my book but at the end of the day they're just standard action movies.

I'd much rather see an original work from him.
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7:19PM on 06/04/2012
This WILL happen.

Look at Inception. What was that movie about? Getting to live your dreams IN your dreams. And what are Nolan's dreams about? Alpine snipers, cloak & dagger spy games, beautiful & enigmatic women, all while wearing super-cool high-class tailored suits.

In other words, Nolan was flat out telling us: I'm James Bond in my dreams.

FFS, Ken Watanabe at one point is literally wearing the suit Connery is rocking during the first act of Goldfinger.
This WILL happen.

Look at Inception. What was that movie about? Getting to live your dreams IN your dreams. And what are Nolan's dreams about? Alpine snipers, cloak & dagger spy games, beautiful & enigmatic women, all while wearing super-cool high-class tailored suits.

In other words, Nolan was flat out telling us: I'm James Bond in my dreams.

FFS, Ken Watanabe at one point is literally wearing the suit Connery is rocking during the first act of Goldfinger.
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7:00PM on 06/04/2012
I'd much rather he focused on more original material. Even though his Batman movies are my favorites, I think artistically his best works are Memento and Prestige. I'm counting more on those types of movies. Though to be honest, I was never a huge Bond fan.
I'd much rather he focused on more original material. Even though his Batman movies are my favorites, I think artistically his best works are Memento and Prestige. I'm counting more on those types of movies. Though to be honest, I was never a huge Bond fan.
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6:59PM on 06/04/2012
I'd probably get thumbs down for this but..

Everything he did are so hyper-realistic, serious, and philosophical. His work is the antithesis of everything that makes Bond.

Nolan was an excellent choice for Batman, but might be a poor choice for Bond. Nolan tends to not take a break from the plot and allow the characters to really breathe as much (e.g. Casino Royale). Not to mention I'm still doubtful about how he'd handle large action scenes.
I'd probably get thumbs down for this but..

Everything he did are so hyper-realistic, serious, and philosophical. His work is the antithesis of everything that makes Bond.

Nolan was an excellent choice for Batman, but might be a poor choice for Bond. Nolan tends to not take a break from the plot and allow the characters to really breathe as much (e.g. Casino Royale). Not to mention I'm still doubtful about how he'd handle large action scenes.
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12:19AM on 06/05/2012
Huh?? You're doubtful about how he'd handle large action scenes? Watch a few of his films again; I don't see him having any problems with action scenes of any kind.
Huh?? You're doubtful about how he'd handle large action scenes? Watch a few of his films again; I don't see him having any problems with action scenes of any kind.
3:08AM on 06/05/2012
not sure how he would handle large action scenes? did you not watch Inception?
not sure how he would handle large action scenes? did you not watch Inception?
6:50PM on 06/04/2012
Nolan doing a Bond movie, count me in.
Nolan doing a Bond movie, count me in.
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6:41PM on 06/04/2012

This can really work...

If it was ten years earlier, I would've laugh at the impossibility of it. Because as much as I liked Brosnan as Bond, Bond films then were like industrial mass produced product: a big action scene at the beginning, couple of explosions in the middle, a machiavellian villain, couple of Bondgirls one of them turns out bad, some neat looking action set pieces at the end....there. But after the reboot, the films are getting more and more personal, gritty and shall I dare say, realistic espionage
If it was ten years earlier, I would've laugh at the impossibility of it. Because as much as I liked Brosnan as Bond, Bond films then were like industrial mass produced product: a big action scene at the beginning, couple of explosions in the middle, a machiavellian villain, couple of Bondgirls one of them turns out bad, some neat looking action set pieces at the end....there. But after the reboot, the films are getting more and more personal, gritty and shall I dare say, realistic espionage movies for 21st century. I mean, look at SKYFALL, whose storyline is centering around M's past & personal life (which never done before), just like CR & QoS centered on Bond's personal vendetta. And if today a Bond film can be directed by artistic directors like Sam Mendes or Marc Forster of all people, Christopher Nolan would be PERFECT to direct an installment using Daniel Craig, the perfect Bond for post-9/11 world. I SURE FREKKING HOPE SO!
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6:11PM on 06/04/2012
How can anyone not love the sound of this?
How can anyone not love the sound of this?
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6:02PM on 06/04/2012
Fassbender should be bond. I like daniel craig and all.. but fassbender should steer clear of bond films, until the role is up for recast.. Fassbender would be a great bond
Fassbender should be bond. I like daniel craig and all.. but fassbender should steer clear of bond films, until the role is up for recast.. Fassbender would be a great bond
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5:37PM on 06/04/2012
Judging by the snow bit in Inception, Nolan shouldn't do Bond. He's a great director, don't get me wrong, but in the end Bond is an action film, and Nolan can't do action. I don't think he has a sense of humor either, all his stuff is deadly serious. Doesn't sound like a good fit for Bond to me...
Judging by the snow bit in Inception, Nolan shouldn't do Bond. He's a great director, don't get me wrong, but in the end Bond is an action film, and Nolan can't do action. I don't think he has a sense of humor either, all his stuff is deadly serious. Doesn't sound like a good fit for Bond to me...
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6:42PM on 06/04/2012
While I'm optimistic, you do bring up some excellent points.
While I'm optimistic, you do bring up some excellent points.
3:14AM on 06/05/2012
can't do action? Are you serious? Inception had mad action, and Batman was all about action! As far as his sense of humor goes did you not watch any of the Batman scenes with the Joker? He was always cracking jokes, or the scene in Inception where the guy says you have to dream bigger? He then pulls out a bigger gun. Nolan can do action! He also has a sense of humor!
can't do action? Are you serious? Inception had mad action, and Batman was all about action! As far as his sense of humor goes did you not watch any of the Batman scenes with the Joker? He was always cracking jokes, or the scene in Inception where the guy says you have to dream bigger? He then pulls out a bigger gun. Nolan can do action! He also has a sense of humor!
7:25AM on 06/06/2012
@Hip-Hop Legend, most of those 'action-scenes' defied the laws of physics (vertical front-flipping a 18wheeler with criss-crossing cables or zero gravity punch-out)worked becuase of the context of the their universes. Bond is a little more practical and this might tempt him into gadget-overkill (e.g. T.S.W.L.M, Moonraker, D.A.D) to make some [link] look 'plausible' and that would really suck the fun out of the movie.

And the Joker cracking jokes?! I think its more along the lines of
@Hip-Hop Legend, most of those 'action-scenes' defied the laws of physics (vertical front-flipping a 18wheeler with criss-crossing cables or zero gravity punch-out)worked becuase of the context of the their universes. Bond is a little more practical and this might tempt him into gadget-overkill (e.g. T.S.W.L.M, Moonraker, D.A.D) to make some [link] look 'plausible' and that would really suck the fun out of the movie.

And the Joker cracking jokes?! I think its more along the lines of psychotic humor-rage; Like when Busta Rhymes or Eminem say something intentionally funny but with in a serious tone.
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5:06PM on 06/04/2012

if Nolan directs bond...

then Michael Caine will be M... or Q.
then Michael Caine will be M... or Q.
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5:07PM on 06/04/2012
or Morgan Freeman can be Q.
or Morgan Freeman can be Q.
5:00PM on 06/04/2012
It's funny that Bond was an influence on that snow sequence in Inception because that was always running through my mind when I saw it.

Nolan's Batman movies are sort of like his own twisted Bond films anyway so I think he'd be great for the gig... hopefully Craig can put out at least 3 more movies and we could see Nolan and him work together.
It's funny that Bond was an influence on that snow sequence in Inception because that was always running through my mind when I saw it.

Nolan's Batman movies are sort of like his own twisted Bond films anyway so I think he'd be great for the gig... hopefully Craig can put out at least 3 more movies and we could see Nolan and him work together.
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4:59PM on 06/04/2012

This would be two of my favorite worlds colliding here...

So I would be in immediate favor of it happening the very next movie, after Skyfall, with Mr. Craig! And I am sure it would go down as probably the most epic Bond film of all-time. So in this day and age of the flavor of the second, I say why wait...none of us or them are getting any younger and we could all be dead on Dec. 20th anyways so get to fast tracking this bad boy!

..."when will then be now?"

"soon".
So I would be in immediate favor of it happening the very next movie, after Skyfall, with Mr. Craig! And I am sure it would go down as probably the most epic Bond film of all-time. So in this day and age of the flavor of the second, I say why wait...none of us or them are getting any younger and we could all be dead on Dec. 20th anyways so get to fast tracking this bad boy!

..."when will then be now?"

"soon".
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4:49PM on 06/04/2012
Nolan + Fassbender + Some People From Batman/Inception= Win!
Nolan + Fassbender + Some People From Batman/Inception= Win!
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4:49PM on 06/04/2012

True test of a director

Bond is the kind of franchise every great director should do. you know you've made it in the world when you tapped to direct a Bond picture. Thats how i'd run it if i had my way. Pick a great film maker and give him the chance to do his bond, and only once. Skyfall is likely going to be a hit (critically and comercially) so Mendes will be tapped to do another. This means that Nolan may have to wait a while for his chance, but he is a perfect candidate to sit in a bond directors chair.
Bond is the kind of franchise every great director should do. you know you've made it in the world when you tapped to direct a Bond picture. Thats how i'd run it if i had my way. Pick a great film maker and give him the chance to do his bond, and only once. Skyfall is likely going to be a hit (critically and comercially) so Mendes will be tapped to do another. This means that Nolan may have to wait a while for his chance, but he is a perfect candidate to sit in a bond directors chair.
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4:13PM on 06/04/2012

Nolan + FassBonder

If this guy wants to make a Bond movie, this is what comes to my mind:

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If this guy wants to make a Bond movie, this is what comes to my mind:

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4:09PM on 06/04/2012

Who wouldn't like this? Seriously....

I think a lot of people would like to see Fassbender as Bond, but I am afraid that is most likely never going to happen. Not because Fassbender would not be great at it, but he is getting closer and closer to the A-List each day and a new bond has never been pulled from an A-List film actor. Craig probably was the most high profile of a new Bond and he wasn't very widely unknown outside of cult hits like Layer Cake and indie gems like The Mother. The rest have mostly been television stars or
I think a lot of people would like to see Fassbender as Bond, but I am afraid that is most likely never going to happen. Not because Fassbender would not be great at it, but he is getting closer and closer to the A-List each day and a new bond has never been pulled from an A-List film actor. Craig probably was the most high profile of a new Bond and he wasn't very widely unknown outside of cult hits like Layer Cake and indie gems like The Mother. The rest have mostly been television stars or indie film actors. It would most likely be someone along the lines of a Alex O'Loughlin or something like that. Sad truth, but much more likely.

That being said, I would want to see Nolan do a Bond with Craig. I just love me some Craig. And Skyfall I think will cement Craig as 1B to Connery's 1A in terms of best Bonds of all time.
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4:28PM on 06/04/2012
that sounds like 007 gold....best idea i've heard in a while
that sounds like 007 gold....best idea i've heard in a while
3:52PM on 06/04/2012
Been wanting this for a long time. Seems destined to happen given his talents & fame, and being a Brit with so many English actors in his back pocket. While Craig is decent as Bond, I'd love for him to bring Michael Fassbender on as the new 007.
Been wanting this for a long time. Seems destined to happen given his talents & fame, and being a Brit with so many English actors in his back pocket. While Craig is decent as Bond, I'd love for him to bring Michael Fassbender on as the new 007.
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3:52PM on 06/04/2012
Would be epic to see what Nolan would do with Craig, but what would be even more is who he'll pick as the next Bond when Craig gives it up for the next comer. A grand scale it would be if Nolan comes to make it.
Would be epic to see what Nolan would do with Craig, but what would be even more is who he'll pick as the next Bond when Craig gives it up for the next comer. A grand scale it would be if Nolan comes to make it.
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3:49PM on 06/04/2012
It's a shame if it happened that Wally Phister wouldn't be shooting for him. As for Nolan and as much as I love his films, I hope he's a small break after Dark Knight Rises. Memento was 2000 and he's averaged a movie every two years and coming off of Dark Knight, Inception, and now Dark Knight Rises, dude's gotta be spent.
It's a shame if it happened that Wally Phister wouldn't be shooting for him. As for Nolan and as much as I love his films, I hope he's a small break after Dark Knight Rises. Memento was 2000 and he's averaged a movie every two years and coming off of Dark Knight, Inception, and now Dark Knight Rises, dude's gotta be spent.
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3:45PM on 06/04/2012

Though Daniel Craig is cool...

Chris Nolan directing Clive Owen in a James Bond movie where he takes on Ernst Blofeld and SPECTRE. drool.
Chris Nolan directing Clive Owen in a James Bond movie where he takes on Ernst Blofeld and SPECTRE. drool.
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3:43PM on 06/04/2012

if it ever happens

I bet it wouldn't be until they reboot Bond again with a new actor. I feel like he wouldn't want to do it until he could change things up (not to say Craig is bad, I love Casino Royale and Skyfall looks amazing) but I just feel that's the case. Plus on top of that everytime they reboot Bond the studios always looking for a big push, a big change, hype, etc. and hiring Nolan would certainly fill that.
I bet it wouldn't be until they reboot Bond again with a new actor. I feel like he wouldn't want to do it until he could change things up (not to say Craig is bad, I love Casino Royale and Skyfall looks amazing) but I just feel that's the case. Plus on top of that everytime they reboot Bond the studios always looking for a big push, a big change, hype, etc. and hiring Nolan would certainly fill that.
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3:52PM on 06/04/2012
I don't know, I think I disagree? Ha. Bond films have never really had a big name director, with the exception of Skyfall, but hearing Sam Mendes directing isn't nearly as exciting as hearing if Nolan helmed it. Plus, Craig says he's down for Bond as long as they'd have him.
I don't know, I think I disagree? Ha. Bond films have never really had a big name director, with the exception of Skyfall, but hearing Sam Mendes directing isn't nearly as exciting as hearing if Nolan helmed it. Plus, Craig says he's down for Bond as long as they'd have him.
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3:43PM on 06/04/2012

"It would have to be the right situation and the right time in their cycle of things,"

if i was an MGM exec in charge of bond, i'd say "Mr. Nolan, you let me know when and where, and we'll meet you there".
if i was an MGM exec in charge of bond, i'd say "Mr. Nolan, you let me know when and where, and we'll meet you there".
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3:38PM on 06/04/2012
This needs to happen!!
This needs to happen!!
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