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Nolan says he would direct a Bond movie if series needed "reinvention"

07.09.2017

For some time now the fate of James Bond has been on the edge of the cliff, with no word yet on if Daniel Craig will return, with discussion of franchise rights all over the place. Fans are still holding on for the announcement that the next Bond adventure is coming, and one element that’s keeping buzz going is director Christopher Nolan expressing his interest in taking on the classic character. Though the odds of him doing it are slim, he’s spoken up about what it would take to get him into the director’s chair.

Speaking with Playboy (as seen in a screen grab from the digital issue, which was posted on Imgur) to promote his new movie, DUNKIRK, Nolan talked about how even though he would love to direct the British spy in an new film, taking the job would mean the series needed to go in a new direction, something he doesn’t think is necessary right now:

A Bond movie, definitely. I’ve spoken to the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson over the years. I deeply love the character, and I’m always excited to see what they do with it. Maybe one day that would work out. You’d have to be needed, if you know what I mean. It has to need reinvention; it has to need you. And they’re getting along very well.

The recent run of Bond movies are getting along very well indeed. 2012’s SKYFALL managed to rake in $1.1 billion at the global box office, and the most recent film – SPECTRE– made almost $900 million, despite middling reviews. Even though the money is there Craig has yet to come out and say if he’ll return to the franchise, and no word has yet been dropped as to the next movie’s production start. This has left room for speculation that Bond will be recast, with names like Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Tom Hardy thrown about.

However, a recent report from The Mirror states that Craig has indeed signed on for BOND 25, and that the producers are hoping to get Adele back for another song (she won an Oscar for doing the song for SKYFALL). It should be noted though that is pure rumor at this point, and neither Craig nor the producers have made an official statement on the matter. Can’t someone involved just be a pal and throw us a bone?

Nolan is clearly more than capable of giving us a fantastic James Bond movie, but getting a man like him would indeed mean they’re looking for something quite different in way of style for the future movies. Nolan, on the other hand, seems to think they already have a clear vision where to take the character, and if it weren’t for SPECTRE I’d say I agree with him. SKYFALL gave us a complex, beautifully shot Bond movie that explored the icon like no other film before it, and though director Sam Mendes tried SPECTRE ultimately failed to stay on the same path. Though I don’t think the series needs a reboot I do think Nolan could give the series a fresh perspective, while still delivering something on the same scale as SKYFALL or even CASINO ROYALE. But we may never get that movie, because clearly we can’t have nice things. At least it will exist in my dreams.

DUNKIRK arrives July 21.

Source: PlayboyImgur

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1:10PM on 07/10/2017
Christopher Nolan and the Bond makers at least share a common ground when it comes to practical FX, so I guess he could deliver as long as he keeps the mindbending, pseudo-philosophical mumbo-jumbo to an extreme minimum.
Christopher Nolan and the Bond makers at least share a common ground when it comes to practical FX, so I guess he could deliver as long as he keeps the mindbending, pseudo-philosophical mumbo-jumbo to an extreme minimum.
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12:14PM on 07/10/2017
I see folks are interested in Fassbander or Middleston for Bond, but I think I'd prefer an unknown in any potential future reinvention.
I see folks are interested in Fassbander or Middleston for Bond, but I think I'd prefer an unknown in any potential future reinvention.
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9:38AM on 07/10/2017
Craig is confirmed as returning...The news dropped yesterday well before this article. It's all over the internet.
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Craig is confirmed as returning...The news dropped yesterday well before this article. It's all over the internet.
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8:06AM on 07/10/2017
Matthew Vaughn or Nolan would be my only suggestions here. After how bad Spectre was, I'd love to see a reinvention of the character.
Matthew Vaughn or Nolan would be my only suggestions here. After how bad Spectre was, I'd love to see a reinvention of the character.
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1:39AM on 07/10/2017
I would love to see Nolan's reinvention of Bond with Dan Stevens.
I would love to see Nolan's reinvention of Bond with Dan Stevens.
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11:36PM on 07/09/2017
I think any 007 movie will make good box office money, but there's a cycle on these things and Craig's Bourne era James Bond has been steadily losing steam. It has some interesting addition like the new Moneypenny being a more badass heroine than Bond's comfort pillow, but it's kind of upsetting that in SPECTRE I was more invested in watching Ralph Fiennes' M than 007 himself. I even thought that Fiennes would have made a better Bond than Craig under different circumstances.
I think any 007 movie will make good box office money, but there's a cycle on these things and Craig's Bourne era James Bond has been steadily losing steam. It has some interesting addition like the new Moneypenny being a more badass heroine than Bond's comfort pillow, but it's kind of upsetting that in SPECTRE I was more invested in watching Ralph Fiennes' M than 007 himself. I even thought that Fiennes would have made a better Bond than Craig under different circumstances.
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2:12AM on 07/10/2017
Ralph Fiennes is a great actor. He has a very commanding presence. I've been thinking lately that he belongs in a revamped version of Sherlock Holmes, and if not as the titular detective or his trusty sidekick, he would excel as Moriarty.
Ralph Fiennes is a great actor. He has a very commanding presence. I've been thinking lately that he belongs in a revamped version of Sherlock Holmes, and if not as the titular detective or his trusty sidekick, he would excel as Moriarty.
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10:59PM on 07/09/2017
Bond movies may be making money, but the last few were some of the worst movies ever made. Skyfall was comically bad.
Bond movies may be making money, but the last few were some of the worst movies ever made. Skyfall was comically bad.
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9:21PM on 07/09/2017
I've enjoyed two of the four Craig-era Bond films, Casino Royale and Skyfall. The other two were major letdowns. I can definitely get behind a Michael Fassbender/James Bond picture. I'd love for the filmmakers to tone down the mind-numbing action sequences. Bond has always been to me, first and foremost, the world's greatest spy, not a badass action hero.

By the way, I'm looking forward to Dunkirk and its reasonable runtime. It's certainly a big change from Christopher Nolan's films in
I've enjoyed two of the four Craig-era Bond films, Casino Royale and Skyfall. The other two were major letdowns. I can definitely get behind a Michael Fassbender/James Bond picture. I'd love for the filmmakers to tone down the mind-numbing action sequences. Bond has always been to me, first and foremost, the world's greatest spy, not a badass action hero.

By the way, I'm looking forward to Dunkirk and its reasonable runtime. It's certainly a big change from Christopher Nolan's films in the past 17 years.
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9:19PM on 07/09/2017
Wasn't the mountain fortress sequence in Inception basically his audition to direct bond?
Wasn't the mountain fortress sequence in Inception basically his audition to direct bond?
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8:54PM on 07/09/2017
Get Tom Hiddleston. I wasn't convinced he could do Bond justice, and then came the Night Manager and yeah...he needs to be bond.
Get Tom Hiddleston. I wasn't convinced he could do Bond justice, and then came the Night Manager and yeah...he needs to be bond.
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8:53PM on 07/09/2017
I could get behind a Christopher Nolan directed Bond film with Michael Fassbender as James Bond.
I could get behind a Christopher Nolan directed Bond film with Michael Fassbender as James Bond.
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9:12PM on 07/09/2017
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8:46PM on 07/09/2017

I'm ready for something new

I'm a fan of Bond films, but I have to admit, I haven't been able to connect with the Craig era.
I know folks are rooting for Elba Idris, and I'm not opposed to the idea.
I'm definitely up for a reinvention, but frankly I think I'm more interested in seeing something much close to the Ian Flemming novels, set in the mid-Century cold war era. It could be done with a very kind of Mad Men/X-Men First Class style.
I'm a fan of Bond films, but I have to admit, I haven't been able to connect with the Craig era.
I know folks are rooting for Elba Idris, and I'm not opposed to the idea.
I'm definitely up for a reinvention, but frankly I think I'm more interested in seeing something much close to the Ian Flemming novels, set in the mid-Century cold war era. It could be done with a very kind of Mad Men/X-Men First Class style.
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