Is Christopher Nolan in Talks to Direct BOND 24?

James Marsh, Asian Editor
After Sam Mendes ruled himself out of directing a second James Bond film after the phenomenal success of last year's Skyfall, speculation has been rife about who will take on the super spy franchise for its 24th official outing. Christopher Nolan is a name that has been bandied about many times, but The Daily Mail is now claiming that he has been aprrochaed by the film's producers.

While the actual source of the news is unclear, the British newspaper seems pretty sure that early talks have commenced between Nolan's people and Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Nolan is currently in pre-production on Interstellar, a sci-fi epic exploring gravity fields and wormholes starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. That will keep his tied up until the end of next year, and the Bond camp will be looking to build on the momentum of Skyfall's success and get their follow-up into development as soon as possible.

While it's unlikely that Broccoli and Wilson will want to wait until probably 2016 for their next film, there is nothing to stop Nolan taking a crack at Bond at a later date. With Daniel Craig signed on for two more outings, perhaps Nolan could be lined up for Craig's swansong as 007, as he's expressed in the past that he's a fan of the actor's work.

The big question of course is whether or not Nolan is suitable for the Bond franchise. The Dark Knight and Inception director is often criticised for the way he stages action, but there's no denying he has a flare for the spectacular - something the Bond series will be looking to continue after its next-level last outing. But since when has Bond been about the directors? Arguably the hiring of Sam Mendes was the first and only time in the series' 50-year history that a "prestige" director has been brought on. Would this kind of trend be beneficial, or ultimately detrimental to the Bond canon as a whole?
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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "But since when has Bond been about the directors? Arguably the hiring of Sam Mendes was the first and only time in the series' 50-year history that a "prestige" director has been brought on. Would this kind of trend be beneficial, or ultimately detrimental to the Bond canon as a whole?"

    Never thought about it......I haven´t seen Skyfall(2012) yet Mr Marsh, so I don´t wether or not this film separates itself from the rest.

    But you could have a point, that this franchise has never been about directors(or a personal vision) and thus it doesn´t matter who directs.

    No, I don´t think, a wellknown director affects anything at all when it comes to the
    Bond franchise.

    Thanks for the info Mr Marsh.

  • tman418

    "The Dark Knight and Inception director is often criticised for the way he stages action"

    Um, criticized by whom, exactly? CGI lovers? Blind people? The producers and directors of "Power Rangers?"

    Nolan stages wonderful action scenes using very little, if any, CGI. He films almost everything on a practical set. He would be a PERFECT director for the next Bond film. Heck, we might even get a Bond movie that is filmed with IMAX cameras! I hope that he'll make sure, however, that the script isn't as sloppy as "The Dark Knight Rises" or "Skyfall," and not as convoluted as "Inception." Seriously, I don't wanna see anymore, "Oh, I'm the villain. You captured me, but it was all part of my plan and y'all are screwed!"

  • Pa Kent Says Maybe

    Wonderful action scenes?
    You've gotta be kidding.

    You can never tell who is exactly where or doing what in any Nolan movie. Well, except INSOMNIA, because that was two and a half hours of people doing absolutely nothing.

  • Simon de Bruyn

    Give it to Baz!

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