moviesAndrew McMillan

Christopher Nolan Expresses His Interest in Directing a James Bond Movie

Christopher Nolan, the acclaimed director of The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, and Oppenheimer, has revealed that he would love to direct a James Bond movie someday, but only under the right circumstances. The filmmaker, who is a longtime fan of the iconic spy franchise, said that directing a 007 film would be "an amazing privilege", but also a "particular set of constraints" that he would have to fully commit to.

Nolan made these comments in an interview with Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, where he discussed his latest film Oppenheimer, which chronicles the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American physicist who led the development of the atomic bomb during World War II. Nolan said that he was fascinated by Oppenheimer's story and his moral dilemmas, and that he wanted to explore the themes of science, history, and human nature in his film.

However, when asked about his potential involvement in the James Bond franchise, Nolan did not hide his enthusiasm and admiration for the series, which he said has influenced his own filmography in many ways.

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"It would be an amazing privilege to do one," Nolan said. "At the same time, when you take on a character or work like that, you're working within a particular set of constraints. It's the kind of responsibility I felt very much taking on Batman."

Nolan added that he would only want to direct a Bond film if he could bring his own creative vision and input to the table, including casting, writing, and everything else.

"You wouldn't want to take on a film not fully committed to what you could bring to the table creatively," he said. "So as a writer, casting, everything - it's a full package. You'd have to be really needed and wanted in terms of bringing the totality of what you bring to a character."

Nolan has previously expressed his interest in directing a Bond film in several occasions, and has even met with the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson in the past. He has also incorporated elements of the Bond style and aesthetic in some of his films, such as The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, and Tenet.

However, Nolan has also stated that he would only want to direct a Bond film if he could start from scratch, meaning cast his own Bond and write his own script. This could be a possibility now that Daniel Craig's tenure as 007 is over, and the franchise is looking for a new direction and star.

Nolan is known for working with some of the same actors across his different projects, such as Cillian Murphy, Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, and Robert Pattinson. Some of these actors have been rumored or suggested as potential candidates for the next Bond role, which could give Nolan an advantage if he were to direct a Bond film.

However, Nolan has also said that he is not actively pursuing or campaigning for the job, and that he is happy to enjoy the Bond films as a fan and an admirer.

"I love those movies," Nolan said. "The influence of those movies on my filmography is embarrassingly apparent."