Christopher Nolan Rumored to be in Informal Talks to Direct 'James Bond 24'

Christopher NolanThe Internet will be drooling over the prospect of Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) directing James Bond 24. He's talked of his love for the franchise in the past, paying direct homage to On Her Majesty's Secret Service in Inception and the influence it had on his Batman trilogy and now Baz Bamigboye at The Daily Mail reports Nolan is in "informal talks" with Bond producers to direct the next installment in the franchise.

Nolan has said he would like to do a Bond film at some point in his career, but he's also recently been quoted by Empire (via The Playlist) saying, "It would have to be the right situation and the right time in their cycle of things."

His next film, Interstellar, is ramping up to begin filming shortly for a 2014 release, which would mean he'd have to quickly turnaround and begin work on Bond 24 to meet the producers' expectations of a 2015 release. If I had to guess, I would think he'd be more prepared to direct Bond 25 at some point rather than quickly rush into production on the next film as Bond producers hope to take advantage of the success of Sam Mendes' Skyfall as soon as possible.

  • Hudsucker

    I think this is too good to be true. So it probably is just a rumor.

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  • Kessler

    He'd be a great choice, but they might delay Bond 24 for a 2016 release date. That way he has more time and some breathing room between the two projects. Then again, he did do The Prestige a year after Batman Begins and those two movies are pretty good.

    • Winchester

      The Prestige though was a much smaller scale film than 'Interstellar' appears to be and a Bond film would be.

      I think this is just to get the internet into a frenzy (and perhaps get a little bit of a plug for Man of Steel into the bargain), because I don't think the Broccoli's would want to squander what they gained with 'Skyfall' by waiting until 2016 for the next one. He could do 25 though as that would give them time to sync their schedules.

      I'll treat it as very much rumour until more emerges.

  • Chris138

    I feel like I'd be more open to the idea of Nolan directing a Bond film if Skyfall didn't exist. That just feels like the closest Bond can get to being like a Nolan film, even if it was without Nolan's involvement. But I doubt these talks will really turn into anything substantial.

  • Driver

    No chance. Bond 25 however, that I could believe.

  • AS

    "It would have to be the right situation and the right time in their cycle of things." - A statement totally bereft of meaning.

    • Andrew13

      For me I see that statement as Nolan saying he'd be more open to directing the first film for the next Bond (Fassbender?), giving him the opportunity to establish his own, fresh tone for the series going forward.

      • Jordan B.

        Helloooooo, Michael Fassbender.

      • AS

        To me, it basically amounts to: "Maybe, at some point, if the circumstances are right... it could happen... or not." Which - again - says nothing.

  • G-Man

    We can always hope

  • Roger Judd

    Don't see this happening at all.

  • andyluvsfilms

    Skyfall was decent but only compared to the recent Bond films, as for Nolan, i'd like to see what he could do with the franchise but not with the pouty Daniel Craig as the hero, i'd like to give an early shout out for Henry Cavill(or how about Colin Firth? dont laugh at the back)
    Two actors i DONT want
    Ewan McGregor - too wooden, grins too much
    Tom Hardy - too sullen, one dimensional

  • navaneethks

    I would like him to just focus on Interstellar for now and come out with an incredible movie like Inception. And AFTER that in the future if he wants to focus on Bond for 2016 or later, sure why not.

  • Dranderz

    Daniel Craig is under contract for two more Bond films. If Nolan is going to do it at all, it WILL be with Daniel Craig. We likely won't have a new actor playing Bond until at least 2020.