Director Christopher Nolan says he would only do a James Bond movie if the Bond franchise were in trouble and the character required a reinvention. Nolan's name has often come up in rumors about the James Bond movies, and recently those rumors were stoked again when the director's frequent collaborator Tom Hardy mentioned how he would like to do a Bond film with Nolan in the director's chair. A recent report also linked Nolan's company Syncopy to the franchise, adding further fuel to the fire.
The Bond franchise does currently have a need for a director with Sam Mendes, the helmer of Skyfall and Spectre, saying he won't return. As it stands, the untitled 25th entry in the early stages of coming together; the most recent big piece of news is that Daniel Craig has signed on to return as Bond for the fifth time after much deliberation, though an official announcement is still pending.
In an interview with Playboy magazine (via Imgur), Christopher Nolan spoke about his love for the James Bond character and laid out the very specific set of circumstances that might entice him to take on the challenge of directing James Bond.
"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."
Reinventing iconic characters is something Nolan knows all about after his trilogy of Batman films - Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises - breathed new life in the comic book property and showed a new direction for superhero films going forward. Nolan's Batman films delivered the goods as action movies while also bringing a level of seriousness and cinematic artistry to the genre that had never been seen before. The Bond franchise already went serious and artistic with Skyfall, which is largely appreciated for its Roger Deakins photography, but took a turn back toward action hokum with Spectre.
With Spectre taking in $880 million worldwide, the Bond franchise does not seem like it's in a position where any radical reinvention is necessary, so it doesn't seem Nolan's own conditions for climbing aboard are being met. If Nolan is not the person to lead the way, speculation about who will direct Bond 25 will run hot-and-heavy right up until the moment the name is announced.