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Christopher Nolan would love to direct a Bond film

Jul. 9, 2010by: Mike Sampson

Christopher Nolan was out and about at the INCEPTION premiere yesterday (see photos from that event here) and the BBC stopped him to talk about the influences for the movie. Talk naturally turned towards the James Bond franchise and the director let loose a zinger: "Ive loved the Bond films since I was a kid....Id love to do a Bond film."

Of course that's easier said than done these days. Sam Mendes probably would love to do a Bond film too but the way things are looking now, who knows if that'll ever happen. Also Nolan has a busy schedule on the horizon developing both BATMAN and SUPERMAN sequels for Warner Bros. Could he possibly fit a James Bond - another mega-franchise - into that slate? Probably not.

Which is all well and good as just because Nolan saying he'd "love" to do a Bond film doesn't necessarily mean he ever will direct a Bond film. I'd "love" to go skinny dipping with Natalie Portman but that sure as hell isn't happening. MGM needs to sort out their mess first, Nolan needs to clear his schedule and maybe a few years down the line it's a possibility. (And honestly, a pretty cool possibility.)

Extra Tidbit: Frankly with INCEPTION as being as good as it is, I'd be just fine if Nolan made original films for the rest of his career.
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2:08PM on 07/12/2010

go for it...

this dude is like fine wine...gettin better with the passing of time, let him do what the fuck he wants...until he starts to fuck up like m.night, it is a law of the universe that all geniuses fuck up eventually. i'm just hoping it wont happen to nolan for quite some time.
this dude is like fine wine...gettin better with the passing of time, let him do what the fuck he wants...until he starts to fuck up like m.night, it is a law of the universe that all geniuses fuck up eventually. i'm just hoping it wont happen to nolan for quite some time.
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10:51PM on 07/11/2010
Sounds good to me as Quantum of Solace was a major step down from Casino Royale, MGM get your shit together or sell the franchise to Sony already.
Sounds good to me as Quantum of Solace was a major step down from Casino Royale, MGM get your shit together or sell the franchise to Sony already.
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2:03PM on 07/11/2010

I am excited!

So I'm the average American. I grew up loving Bond films for what they were and if I need to explain what your getting in a bond film then you just need to get off your computer and go to your local rent a movie place and get yourself familiar. But anyway, this is the first time having seen all the bond films ever caring about the director. So as a big fan of Christopher Nolan I am very excited to see what he does "artistically" is the direction of a Bond film. And I quote "artistically"
So I'm the average American. I grew up loving Bond films for what they were and if I need to explain what your getting in a bond film then you just need to get off your computer and go to your local rent a movie place and get yourself familiar. But anyway, this is the first time having seen all the bond films ever caring about the director. So as a big fan of Christopher Nolan I am very excited to see what he does "artistically" is the direction of a Bond film. And I quote "artistically" because I wouldn't mind a momento style bond film that would be crazy!
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5:52PM on 07/10/2010

Ehhh...

I love Nolan's films and I'm 100% sure he'd make an amazing Bond film, but I want to see more original stuff from Nolan.
I love Nolan's films and I'm 100% sure he'd make an amazing Bond film, but I want to see more original stuff from Nolan.
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3:01AM on 07/10/2010

he can make

a movie about a bag of purple rocks sitting by a pond and i'll fucking watch it.
a movie about a bag of purple rocks sitting by a pond and i'll fucking watch it.
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10:10PM on 07/09/2010

Extra Tidbit...

... yep, he does come up with good original stuff. It would be a shame to tie him down to nothing but franchises and sequels.
... yep, he does come up with good original stuff. It would be a shame to tie him down to nothing but franchises and sequels.
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8:53PM on 07/09/2010
Oh yeah does any one remember the Baldwin Clan saying they would like to be the villains in a Bond Movie
Oh yeah does any one remember the Baldwin Clan saying they would like to be the villains in a Bond Movie
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8:50PM on 07/09/2010
I would give my left nut(nah thats a lie)to see this happen but he isn't the first big time director to say this.But if it was to happen Bale would make a great Villain.
I would give my left nut(nah thats a lie)to see this happen but he isn't the first big time director to say this.But if it was to happen Bale would make a great Villain.
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7:24PM on 07/09/2010

The dude seems to do no wrong...

I'm with you though, Mike.
As much as I would've liked to have seen him do his The Prisoner adaptation and a James Bond film I think he's doing great with original material.
but it would be awesome.
I'm with you though, Mike.
As much as I would've liked to have seen him do his The Prisoner adaptation and a James Bond film I think he's doing great with original material.
but it would be awesome.
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6:53PM on 07/09/2010
He's been on the record about being a Bond fan for years now. The Bond producers need their heads looking at for ignoring him. You can see strong 007 influnces in Batman Begins and the Dark Knight. Don't believe me? Watch them again with that in mind... He even has an actor called Shane Rimmer in Batman Begins playing a similar role to what he had in You Only Live Twice, Spy Who Loved Me, etc.
He's been on the record about being a Bond fan for years now. The Bond producers need their heads looking at for ignoring him. You can see strong 007 influnces in Batman Begins and the Dark Knight. Don't believe me? Watch them again with that in mind... He even has an actor called Shane Rimmer in Batman Begins playing a similar role to what he had in You Only Live Twice, Spy Who Loved Me, etc.
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6:30PM on 07/09/2010

funny....

Nolan wants to do a bond film... funny.. cos i bet other directors are thinking that "they'd like to direct a chris nolan film" :o)
Nolan wants to do a bond film... funny.. cos i bet other directors are thinking that "they'd like to direct a chris nolan film" :o)
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5:52PM on 07/09/2010
I've been extremely opposed to any Bond movies for the next five years because of how bad Solace was... But if Nolan took a shot at this bad boy, hell i'd be there for the sneak preview.

One can dream!
I've been extremely opposed to any Bond movies for the next five years because of how bad Solace was... But if Nolan took a shot at this bad boy, hell i'd be there for the sneak preview.

One can dream!
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5:40PM on 07/09/2010
How about doing a movie telling how james bond got into mi6 and became 007. Nolan knows how to rebuild franchises well. This could be a good start for him.
How about doing a movie telling how james bond got into mi6 and became 007. Nolan knows how to rebuild franchises well. This could be a good start for him.
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5:21PM on 07/09/2010
This is great to hear. I would love Nolan to direct a Bond film. I would just love him to direct anything though.
This is great to hear. I would love Nolan to direct a Bond film. I would just love him to direct anything though.
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5:14PM on 07/09/2010

Hell Yeah!!!

I would chop off my left nut if it meant getting a Chris Nolan bond film, with Daniel Craig as bond of course.
I would chop off my left nut if it meant getting a Chris Nolan bond film, with Daniel Craig as bond of course.
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4:58PM on 07/09/2010

for the love of god give it to him

best thing i've heard all day
best thing i've heard all day
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2:26PM on 07/09/2010

Batman 3 start date

Michael Caine let slip that shooting begins on Batman 3 in April...this after he said he wasn't sure if Alfred was coming back...WTF moment or clue to the plot??? [link] [link] [link] l-2011/
Michael Caine let slip that shooting begins on Batman 3 in April...this after he said he wasn't sure if Alfred was coming back...WTF moment or clue to the plot??? [link] [link] [link] l-2011/
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1:21PM on 07/09/2010
Nolan would probably be great for that franchise.

Talking about Nolan; do not use Christian Bale in the role as Bond.
Nolan would probably be great for that franchise.

Talking about Nolan; do not use Christian Bale in the role as Bond.
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2:02PM on 07/09/2010
That's all up to the Broccolis who gets the License to Kill. And right now they might be hoping to keep the one they got.
That's all up to the Broccolis who gets the License to Kill. And right now they might be hoping to keep the one they got.
11:45AM on 07/09/2010
This would be awesome. This guy has yet to make a bad movie, name one if you think he has? He has a unique vision, he has great imagination and creativity in all parts of film making, from writing to stunts to pacing. If Mendes isnt available in 2013 when they try to make the next one let Nolan have at it.
This would be awesome. This guy has yet to make a bad movie, name one if you think he has? He has a unique vision, he has great imagination and creativity in all parts of film making, from writing to stunts to pacing. If Mendes isnt available in 2013 when they try to make the next one let Nolan have at it.
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3:01PM on 07/09/2010
Meh, I wasn't a huge fan of The Prestige.
Meh, I wasn't a huge fan of The Prestige.
4:23PM on 07/09/2010
I even name two: Batman begins and the dark knight! There you go...
I even name two: Batman begins and the dark knight! There you go...
8:36PM on 07/10/2010
I agree that Prestige might be my least favorite of his, but its not a bad film. And fat-womanizer is disqualified from sheer lack on sanity.
I agree that Prestige might be my least favorite of his, but its not a bad film. And fat-womanizer is disqualified from sheer lack on sanity.
11:28AM on 07/09/2010

not too far away

Batman finishes up in 2 years and he's only producing/supervising the superman movie. Afterr that, he's not doing much. i love his original films but him doing a Bond Film will seem as original as the Batman movies. a fresh twist on one of the greatest gilm characters of all time. and nothing against Bale, but i think Nolan is smart enough to keep the tradition and hire a british actor if he decides against using Craig.
Batman finishes up in 2 years and he's only producing/supervising the superman movie. Afterr that, he's not doing much. i love his original films but him doing a Bond Film will seem as original as the Batman movies. a fresh twist on one of the greatest gilm characters of all time. and nothing against Bale, but i think Nolan is smart enough to keep the tradition and hire a british actor if he decides against using Craig.
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11:42AM on 07/09/2010
Check your notes. Bale is British.
Check your notes. Bale is British.
2:21PM on 07/09/2010
Guess that proves how good Bale is at playing an American.
Guess that proves how good Bale is at playing an American.
11:25AM on 07/09/2010

No thanks

nooooooooooooooooooo. Most overrated director ever! Him and Steven Soderberg...
nooooooooooooooooooo. Most overrated director ever! Him and Steven Soderberg...
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3:00PM on 07/09/2010
Well shit, I accidentally gave you a thumbs up.

Anyway, I love your reasonings behind him being overrated.
Well shit, I accidentally gave you a thumbs up.

Anyway, I love your reasonings behind him being overrated.
3:49PM on 07/09/2010
-51??? WTF lol that has to be a record on here.
Gotta agree with hunter GREAT reasoning behind him being overrated. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but atleast state why.
-51??? WTF lol that has to be a record on here.
Gotta agree with hunter GREAT reasoning behind him being overrated. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but atleast state why.
4:21PM on 07/09/2010
-51 Do I hold the Highscore?

Yeah. Well. It's not that i didn't know I am in the minority here. I liked the burton Batmans and think the new franchise takes itself way too seriously. It's still a freaking superhero movie. Plus I found it bland, long and sometimes boring and not as clever as it wants to be (except for heath Ledger as Joker). And I don't get all the hype around "Memento" either. It was OK but no instant classic.

That being said I didn't like "Avatar" and "Minority Report"
-51 Do I hold the Highscore?

Yeah. Well. It's not that i didn't know I am in the minority here. I liked the burton Batmans and think the new franchise takes itself way too seriously. It's still a freaking superhero movie. Plus I found it bland, long and sometimes boring and not as clever as it wants to be (except for heath Ledger as Joker). And I don't get all the hype around "Memento" either. It was OK but no instant classic.

That being said I didn't like "Avatar" and "Minority Report" either.

In case you wonder. My favourite movies are:
"Hate" by Mathieu Kassovitz
"Pulp Fiction"
and "Life is beautiful" by Roberto Benigni
On the fun section:
"Die Hard", "Star Wars" and many others...



5:15PM on 07/09/2010
Sorry but you are far from the record of thumbs down. The Dark Knight and Batman Begins only take themselves as seriously as their source material does at the most.
Sorry but you are far from the record of thumbs down. The Dark Knight and Batman Begins only take themselves as seriously as their source material does at the most.
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11:08AM on 07/09/2010
And I would love for Nolan to direct a Bond film.
And I would love for Nolan to direct a Bond film.
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10:52AM on 07/09/2010
Bale as Bond and Michael Caine as M or Q!!!
Bale as Bond and Michael Caine as M or Q!!!
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10:49AM on 07/09/2010
If this bit of news can't get a friggin' Bond movie made, nothing will.
If this bit of news can't get a friggin' Bond movie made, nothing will.
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10:47AM on 07/09/2010

at this point...

...if chris nolan wants to do a bond film, let the man do a bond film. with his quality of work, he should be able to do whatever he wants.
...if chris nolan wants to do a bond film, let the man do a bond film. with his quality of work, he should be able to do whatever he wants.
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