A new report claims writer-director Christopher Nolan’s Syncopy is the production company for Bond 25. After Nolan reinvigorated the superhero franchise with Batman Begins in 2005 and the film’s first sequel, The Dark Knight, became a worldwide blockbuster in 2008, it basically gave the filmmaker the clout in Hollywood to make any film he wanted. As a result, fans have been treated to brilliant explorations of the mind with Inception, and the boundaries of space and time with Interstellar.

In the middle of making new films and promoting them, Nolan has made no secret in the past that he’s wanted to direct a James Bond film. And if a new listing on IMDb Pro is accurate, the filmmaker may be one step closer to making it happen. According to a tweet from Birth.Movies.Death editor-at-large Phil Noble Jr., IMDb Pro lists Syncopy as the production company for Bond 25. And while Noble first viewed the listing as “nonsense,” a little digging by James Bond fan account @Bond25film suggested otherwise. The account says it contacted IMDb Pro verify the listing’s authenticity, and the company said the listing was accurate. Here are the tweets:

While listings on IMDb’s public site have proven to mere speculation in the past, the fact that Syncopy is listed on the company’s subscription site for Bond 25 obviously carries a bit more weight. If the listing pans out, the next natural step would be for Nolan to take the helm of Bond 25, since he generally directs the films he produces. One argument against Nolan taking on the project as a whole would come with reports that Spectre writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are working on a new script, and it would be very uncharacteristic of the filmmaker to direct a film that he hasn’t written.

At best, fans can hope a Nolan-produced Bond 25 will be a way to set him up to direct Bond 26; a theory that’s not completely out of reason. If and when Bond star Daniel Craig does come back, it will be for more than Bond 25 since he’s reportedly been offered offered $150 million to reprise the role of 007 for two more films (and he’s said to be close to a decision to get the deal done). And while Nolan is nearing completion on his World War II epic Dunkirk, the Bond franchise remains in flux not only because of the Craig’s pending decision, but the search for a director and the current bidding war involving five studios to secure distribution rights for the next Bond film (or films).

For the sake of argument, if the Craig deal to reprise Bond completely falls apart, that’s not a bad thing as far as it concerns Nolan. Tom Hardy, who’s teamed with Nolan on Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Dunkirk, suggested earlier this year that he’d be interested in playing 007 should his friend and colleague direct a future Bond film.

Bond 25 does not have a release date as of this writing. We’ll keep you updated on the latest information.

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Sources: Phil Noble Jr., Birth.Movies.Death, @Bond25Film

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