Christopher Nolan is in talks to direct the next Bond blockbuster and has allegedly been speaking to Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson about taking the helm on the next rough, yet suave, 007 film, the 24th in the long running series.
The vacancy for a new Bond director comes about because despite the rave reviews and excellent box office returns on the number 23 film Skyfall, Sam Mendes decided he didn’t want to do it again. As Sam himself said, “Was I willing to go straight back into a room with a writer and start work on the same set of characters and the same scenarios as I’ve been working on for the last three years? No. The idea made me feel physically ill.”
But Sam Mendes’ nausea aside, both Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson were more than happy to have him back behind the camera. Especially as Mendes’ Bond film grossed over $1 billion at the box office world wide, making it the most profitable, not to mention successful, Bond ever.
Cue Christopher Nolan, Bond fan extraordinaire. The man is a self admitted fan of the films although he has cited possibly the least popular film of the bunch, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service as an influence for his blockbuster Inception. And it was only last year that he expressed an interest in making his own Bond film. Nolan pointed out that, “It would have to be the right situation and the right time in their cycle of things,”
But as Nolan himself so rightly pointed out; time, or more importantly, the right time could present a problem. Mendes has hinted that production for the next Bond film is starting up fairly soon. Nolan is, of course, in the middle of making his film Interstellar with Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain.
That film is set for release in November of 2014, which means that Nolan would most likely find his calendar fully booked until the end of next year. But as a self admitted fan who has had thoughts of doing his own Bond and who, let’s face it, came pretty damned close with Inception; Nolan may just want the chance badly enough to squeeze the next film in.
It makes sense. Nolan’s films tend to be dark, as anyone who has seen Dark Knight will affirm. With the last Bond film definitely entering darker territory and with Mendes saying ‘thanks, but no’ to directing the next one, Nolan seems like a safe bet to continue “darkening Bond up” and still deliver the goods when it comes time to count the box office proceeds.
Either way, Nolan is in a good place even if he doesn’t get the next Bond. As he has “put his hat in the ring,” Broccoli and Wilson will most likely turn to him if a similar situation arrives in future. Which of course still leaves the question of who will be directing the next 007 opus and what story the next film will use.
Obviously Daniel Craig will be back as Bond and Ralph Fiennes will be back as the new ‘M’ it just remains to be seen who will be the man (or woman?) who calls action on the day.
By Michael Smith