Chris Nolan and James Bond – Yes Please!

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:10 pm,

The blogosphere is indulging in a bit of wishful thinking today, with multiple sites jumping onto a comment Christopher Nolan recently made about his love for the James Bond franchise, and his interest in doing a Bond film.

Look, I won’t pretend that this is news, or even a likely development at this point – seriously, it’s not even worthy of the word “rumor.” But still, come on, Chris Nolan doing a Bond film? Is there anybody reading this right now who doesn’t get a least a few goosebumps at that thought?

Nolan is out and about right now promoting Inception, and it was at the film’s London premiere that (according to Deadline) he apparently said to BBC:

“I’ve loved the Bond films since I was a kid. For me, they’re always about the expansiveness of cinema. The first Bond films set up infinite possibilities about the world they create. I’d love to do a Bond film.”

Again, that’s not news or even a rumor – but it’s certainly great fodder for some discussion I would think icon smile Chris Nolan and James Bond   Yes Please! .

If you haven’t been keeping tabs on things, the future of the James Bond franchise is currently uncertain. Right now MGM (the studio that owns Bond) is going through some ugly bankruptcy proceedings that have effectively stalled all development on the next Bond film (as well as films like The Hobbit and the Red Dawn remake). Nobody is sure if MGM will hold on to these properties until it gets its monies all sorted out, or if the studio will ultimately pass off its lucrative franchises like Bond to other studios to develop.

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Nolan is currently the “It” guy over at Warner Bros., having delivered two spectacular Batman films (with Batman 3 on the way). Inception is poised to be a hit this summer and Nolan is also helping WB launch a new Superman franchise in the next year or so – the studio seems intent on keeping the acclaimed director in their corner.

One slim, slim, ray of hope in all this: WB and MGM have already come to the table to share The Hobbitlargely in part due to Peter Jackson, a mutual friend of both studios. If WB and MGM continue to play nice and cooperate toward shared goals, maybe WB will lend Nolan’s talents while MGM shares a slice of the James Bond pie? Is that too crazy to hope for?

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For those asking themselves what Nolan would offer the Bond franchise: the director has become synonymous in recent years for being able to tell complex and winding narratives that also function as kick-ass action films, with a visual splendor that is captured using epic (and often real) sets and effects.

Now, just imagine a Bond film that does for super-spy espionage what Nolan did for the crime drama and superhero genres in The Dark Knight. Imagine a Bond film where backstabbings, double-dealings and surprises keep us guessing the whole way through, and 007′s talents are as epic and spectacular as you want them to be. Quantum of Solace also left a huge mystery (the Quantum Organization) hanging – Nolan would be great for sorting that all out, in my opinion. Gorgeous set locations, sex, intrigue, action…I think I’m already starting to salivate over this…

Personally, I’m calling for an Interweb rally cry: NOLAN FOR BOND. Seriously guys and gals I don’t ask for much, but I would definitely love some support on this if you feel the same way ;-).

What do you think about Nolan doing a Bond movie (or three)? Is this one of those wishes you want to see come true?

Source: BBC & Deadline

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  1. Actually tank if you actually pay attention to the fight scenes In begins you can see exactly what’s going on and if your familar with various martial arts you can even identify 90% of the moves. Although most of his techniques are a fairly new style.

    It’s edited the way it is on purpose and for a very good reason. It’s to set the move and make you feel as if Batman is unstopable your seeing what the bad guys are seeing an unstopable beast. It helps you understand how his under ground myths are built up.

  2. I don’t know about others but Casino Royale is the best bond movie and it is quite new.
    A capable director taking the helm of this franchise is a logical conclusion for any studio head. (Unless they are even more stupid than the depths of foolishness I credit them with!)

  3. So guys wat Bond film would u recommend me seeing since i havent seen any?!? VIC?!?

    • Ricky18,

      If it was me, I’d start with the very first Bond film, Dr. No, and watch them chronologically.


  4. anyone who wants to help make the next bond is a hero in my books!
    we had the best bond ever in Daniel Craig,and to leave it at only 2 films would be the crime of the century in the movieindustry!
    Daniel Craig and Chris Nolan,just the thought alone makes my mouth water,bring it on!!

  5. Thanks for the suggestion;.) ill try to see it,but wats the actual title?!? Is it hard to rent?!?

  6. Although the franchise is in limbo, is not dead, and Mendes and Craig remain committed to Bond 23 (tenative title). However, I have for the last few years known of Nolan’s fondness for Bond, and his eagerness to direct a film – it goes back to Batman Begins.

    I’d love to see him get his wish.

  7. I’d love to see Nolan do a Bond film. But dump Craig and put Christian Bale in as Bond. I’ve had a desire to see Bale play Bond ever since seeing him in AMERICAN PSYCHO.

  8. I’ve only seen this now, but I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of days… I think there is an argument for the franchise going down the remake route, especially since few of the films have been very faithful to the novels.

    Now, imagine Nolan in charge of a trilogy: they’ve already introduced a SPECTRE-style organisation in Quantum, so they could do the SPECTRE novels: Tunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and You Only Live Twice. Note the order: the original films didn’t follow it, so Blofeld didn’t recognise Bond even though they’d met in the previous film…!

    This will all take time, and nobody’s getting any younger – it’s possible Craig will want to move on, or will no longer be acceptable as the realistically young Bond he was in 2006. Well, I’ve got a solution for that, too.

    The best and most exciting performer in Inception was Tom Hardy – and I’m not sure I’ve seen a better suited actor to step into the Bond tuxedo. He can do the dry humour and the action, as he does here, and he can also be as ruthless or tomrented as you like (see his take on Heathcliff, or his extraordinary performance in Bronson).

    That is all.

    • Corrections (that’s what you get for not proof reading): it’s Thunderball, of course; and the film in which Blofeld fails to recognise Bond in OHMSS. I don’t think it’s supposed to be because he’s suddenly turned into George Lazenby. And I meant tormented, not tomrented – which is a little disconcerting…

  9. Nolan for bond?? Without a Doult!!! And you know who I’d think would make a great Bond by he’s side??.. a certain Mr Christian Bale!! After al he is British!!