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Nolan interested in Bond 24

right time and place

By Robert T. Trate     June 05, 2012
Source: Empire

As the theatrical premiere of The Dark Knight Rises draws closer, Chris Nolan is making the rounds to promote his third (and presumably final) entry in the Batman movie franchise. With his tale of the Dark Knight’s rise, fall, and re-rise almost concluded, inquiring minds are looking to hear what Nolan has in store next.

Today we learn that the acclaimed writer/director still has another heroic character on his filmmaking wish-list (James Bond), while a biopic about a real-life man of wealth and obsession (Howard Hughes) seems to have slipped through his fingers.

The news comes from a recent issue of Empire Magazine focusing on The Dark Knight Rises (where we also learned that the studio wanted Leo DiCaprio to play The Riddler). In the article, Nolan reportedly reiterates a claim he made about two years ago while promoting Inception, in which he expressed interest in directing a James Bond movie, as he isa longtime fan of the character.
 
Here’s what Nolan is saying now about taking on the James Bond franchise: “It would have to be the right situation and the right time in their cycle of things.”
 
That comment is (once again) setting off a flurry of debate. Personally speaking, I maintain my position of two years ago: Having a Nolan-directed James Bond film could result in a sort of suspenseful and thrilling espionage flick that the franchise hasn’t necessarily seen (yet); spies, double-crosses, political intrigue, keep-you-guessing character motivations and plot arcs, big action set pieces, etc… Provided, of course, that American Beauty director Sam Mendes isn’t about to deliver just that with his upcoming Bond film, Skyfall.
 
Of course, some people are taking Nolan’s words – about ‘the right situation… right time in their cycle…’ – to mean that he would prefer to wait until the current cycle of Bond films starring Daniel Craig (with their gritty, Bourne-esque style and tone ) are done and over with – perhaps with Craig vacating the role. Others simply take the comments to mean that Nolan would have to find actual time and opportunity in his schedule, in order to make the switch to the Bond franchise.

Given the success Marvel had with The Avengers, it’s pretty much been assumed that Warner Bros. and DC Comics will soon unveil plans for their own shared movie universe – possibly starting with next summer’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel. WB/DC once tried to make Nolan the “Godfather” of their movie universe, so they could pay to play that game after TDKR. Then again, MGM (which holds the Bond franchise rights) took on WB as a partner to help make Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films a reality; further collaboration between the two movie houses (like, sharing a director) isn’t out of the question. We’ll have to keep waiting and see what develops.
 
Thanks to xenomorph for the submission.

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violator14 6/5/2012 12:11:59 PM

HELL YES!! Do it!!

gauleyboy420 6/5/2012 12:32:05 PM

I'm all in!

SarcasticCaveman 6/5/2012 12:36:59 PM

Would be all kinds of batman (I am of course using the adjective form of batman, meaning cool or awesome, as it was used in The Venture Brothers.)

ElBaz13 6/5/2012 12:40:26 PM

As much as I don't like his take on Batman, you can't deny this guy is an excellent filmmaker.

Loved Momento, Inception and Insomnia.

Bond would be more suitable for him than a comicbook franchise.

shac2846 6/5/2012 1:07:14 PM

 This would be great. But I'll believe it when it happens. I was thinking about the WB MGM connection reading through this article as well but I still think its' a longshot. Would be awesome though. I think Skyfall is going to be good as well.

Hookedonavengers2012 6/5/2012 1:30:06 PM

 Cool...... :)

 

ThrillerSam 6/5/2012 1:39:03 PM

I like the idea... but I like Sam Mendez too so I'm ready to see what he has for us first.

 

InnerSanctum 6/5/2012 4:45:31 PM

I love the idea.  It would be a dream to have him direct and relaunch with a new Bond.  I'm all about Fassbender at this point.  Really enjoy Daniel Craig's run, but Fassbender just looks like he could combine classic movie Bond with what we've seen done with Craig.  

7thGuest 6/5/2012 5:34:34 PM

That would be great. I would love to see Nolan's version of James Bond. And maybe he can add the Riddler to this James Bond to make up for the fact he didn't use him in The Dark Knight Rises.

Sure that would be stupid, but people are going to complain about the James Bond film no matter what. Might as well give them something to complain about. And I would love to read people's reaction to that news should he have done it.

InnerSanctum 6/5/2012 6:10:24 PM

 I don't know....I think the reaction to CR was overwhelmingly positive.  I know a few want all those silly gadgets back, but I like the more grounded Bond.  I just have a thing for Fassbender after his parts in XMO and Haywire.  Very Bond.  

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