Rumor: Christopher Nolan Approached to Direct ‘James Bond 24′

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:00 pm,

The influence of the James Bond franchise has been readily observable in the recent blockbusters directed by Christopher Nolan – be it the vast global canvas of Inception or the opening plane heist sequence in The Dark Knight Rises – and the filmmaker has expressed interest in putting his spin on the Ian Flemming’s secret agent character¬†multiple times in the past.

Fan demands for Nolan to direct the 24th Bond movie installment began to spread like wildfire over the Internet, once Skyfall director Sam Mendes revealed that he is passing on the opportunity. All in all, it comes as little to no shock that Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are rumored to have approached Nolan about the directing job.

The Daily Mail is claiming that “informal talks” have begun between Nolan’s reps and the people behind the Bond property, to have the filmmaker tackle Bond 24. However, the publication also points out that, in all likelihood, nothing will come of it (right away); that’s because Nolan will begin shooting his next big-budget sci-fi project, Interstellar, this summer for a Fall 2014 release dates.

Similarly, the amount of time required for pre-production and filming on Bond 24 – which, combined, may be upwards of 18 months -¬†would make it near-impossible for Nolan to both make Interstellar and meet MGM studio’s demands for 007 (played again by Daniel Craig) to return to the big screen within the next three years. Nonetheless, as the Daily Mail’s sources were keen to point out, there’s no harm in planting the idea in Nolan’s head for down the road. (See what I did there? Moving on…)

Daniel Craig Skyfall Rumor: Christopher Nolan Approached to Direct James Bond 24

Now, there’s little need to make the argument that Nolan directing a Bond movie is a very good idea. Mendes has, in the past, openly admitted that the way Nolan used grand action-packed spectacle – in combination with a cathartic and relevant story – influenced his approach to making Skyfall (a critical hit that grossed $1 billion worldwide in theaters); that alone makes Nolan an appropriate fit for the Craig-era of Bond cinema.

As a counter-point: Skyfall feels the game-changing installment in the current run of Bond films (call it the Dark Knight or Empire Strikes Back of the series). Hence, some people might prefer it if the next two installments – both of which are going to feature Craig as 007 – were to take a different approach than Mendes’ on Skyfall (maybe even closer to Martin Campbell’s on Casino Royale), and Nolan might not be the best man for that job.

How about it – are you for or against Nolan directing a James Bond movie, sometime before Craig’s run draws to a close? Sound off in the comments section.


Source: The Daily Mail

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  1. That’s really interesting! May be this will make me to take my ass to the cinema.

  2. Nolan is overrated not to say he shouldn’t direct, I`m just not ready to see Daniel Craig leave the franchise I say give Craig another shot since he`s done an intense James Bond performance that fans are comfort with, then have Nolan do whatever he wants with his strange world which I like. How about INCEPTION meets BOND ? …perhaps it can work

  3. would be awesome, Nolan already shows his Bond inspiration in Batman with the gadgets and Lucius AKA Q.

  4. It’s rumored that Idris Elba might take over after Daniel Craig. It’d be interesting to bring in Nolan at that point.

    Although the future is a little awkward because Skyfall established the new M, Moneypenny & Q. Will the next run be a continuation of the same timeline or a reboot?

    • Should be a continuation; there is no need for a reboot

      • But how will they explain the change? Just a throwaway line like in the previous entries or will it be part of the core storyline? The issue has not been dealt with in any serious capacity till now. Could be a nice change of pace if the first film of every new face really tried to explain it.

    • Stringer Bell for Bond? Jesus it realy wouldn’t work for me.

      • hmmm… you see him as Stringer Bell, I see him as Luther. If you haven’t seen that show, it’s on Netflix and you should go watch it!

        • N don’t forget Mumbles.

        • Luther was a decent character, but the series was very weak. Stringer was a great character, and the Wire is the in the top 3 series of all time.


  5. I would definitely go to see a James Bond film directed by Nolan. And I could also see Fassbender as James Bond — but Idris Elba????? That would bring the series to a screeching halt. (Just look at the things that DIDN’T work in Prometheus).

    • You really thought so? I thought he was one of the better things in Prometheus. And his screen presence is undeniably rock solid. He even elevated Thor above the drivel that it is.

      Having said all that I can easily get behind Michael Fassbender as the next bond.

    • Fassbender would be cool.

      I could even get behind the idea of Idris, tbh.


  6. Why would they want the worst director in the world?

    • lol, love or hate his Batman films, Memento still rules.


      • agree is so underrated !

      • A fluke then

    • Lol

  7. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything Nolan has done that I didn’t like. I’d heard it rumored that Nolan had actually said he’d like to direct a Bond film; that was after I saw Inception where the “Snow” level of the final dream actually had me say out loud “this is like a James Bond film!” So I was excited that Nolan, even if it was a rumor, might be a Bond film director. If this is real, the approaching of Nolan to direct… I think it’s an obvious fit. Nolan directing Daniel Craig as Bond? Strap on your seat belts!

  8. Just give me Nolan as director of Bond and Idris Elba as the next Bond, himself, and I can die happy. It doesn’t hafta be immediate. Sometime within the next 5 years and I’m completely satisfied with Bond forever.

  9. I don’t even remember Skyfall being that great to be honest…

    • The franchise-holders of the James Bond films produced the films using a formula –a template– which every director is enjoined to follow pretty much to the letter. This method of producing the Bond films has been modified according to the producers (the Cubby era), the writers (Purvis/Wade era) and the casting (the Judi Dench era). The only serious (and near-fatal) aberation was the Roger Moore era, which went on too long yet the franchise remained lucrative despite 007 digressing into self-parody with an actor who remained long enough in the role to become long-in-the-tooth.

      Nonetheless, this formula/template in what will be thought of as the Daniel Craig era survives in tact. SKYFALL (although more self-referrential than CASINO ROYALE) proved itself different due to its 3d Act, something fans haven’t seen since the death of Bond’s wife in ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE.

      CASINO ROYALE remains the pick of the litter.

  10. A Nolan’s Bond would be beyond awesomeness! And he’s already expressed his interest in directing a Bond movie! I hope it becomes a reality soon.