This may come as a bit of a surprise, but the James Bond rumour mill (which I’m pretty sure is run by British intelligence agency MI6) is reporting that Christopher Nolan might be next in line to helm the famed British spy franchise.
Last March, Skyfall director Sam Mendes sent his regrets to Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G .Wilson. Mendes said he would not return to direct the 24th 007 movie due to scheduling conflicts and previous commitments (instead, he’ll move to the stage to direct productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear).
The loss of Mendes, who had helmed the most successful Bond film in history (the movie made over a billion dollars at the box office), immediately led to speculation about which director would be next in line for the franchise. British bookies immediately gave Guy Ritchie the best odds (4/1 to be exact) with Casino Royale director Martin Campbell coming in second (tied, at 9/1 odds, with Martin Scorsese—huh?). But The Dark Knight director wasn’t even on their radar.
But now Britain’s Daily Mail is reporting that Broccoli and Wilson are conducting “informal talks” with Nolan. The director currently has Interstellar on his plate (the sci-fi film that he co-wrote with brother Jonathan Nolan will star Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Matthew McConaughey), and, while pointing out that Nolan is a big fan of Daniel Craig’s Bond, the Daily Mail‘s writer wonders whether or not Nolan would be keen to leap straight into another big-budget, two-year project immediately following that.
But, says the paper’s expert on all things Bond, “It does no harm for Broccoli and Wilson to talk with Nolan, even if nothing happens this time round.” With the next Bond movie not due out until 2016, we can probably expect more director drama over the next year or so, which is fine—as long as they bring Adele back.