No brainer, right? The highly popular and influential British filmmaker behind The Dark Knight, Memento and Inception being handed the reins of James Bond, Britain’s Number One super-spy and one of the biggest franchise in the history of film. Well reports (rumors?) are leaking that Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have had some low-key meetings with Christopher Nolan about the possibility of coming on board Bond 24 now that Sam Mendes has officially passed. This according to The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye.
It makes perfect sense if you think about it. Nolan was very influenced by the Bond films, and hasn’t been shy talking about it; the entire mountain villa sequence from Inception more or less had “Bond” written all over it. And since Skyfall was helmed by a serious, even Academy Award-winning talent and became the most successful Bond movie yet, it only makes sense that EON Pictures would reach out to someone of Nolan’s stature for Bond 24. What could possibly stop this from becoming a reality?
Well, for one thing, Interstellar. Already confirmed for a Fall 2014 release date, Nolan is currently hard at work at pre-production on that film project. Bond 24 was originally slated for a Fall 2014 release date itself, but the producers have pushed it back in the interest of not rushing into anything. Typically Bond films have an 18 month turn-around, six months for pre-production, six months for principal photography and six months for post-production, so conceivably, Nolan could get to work after Interstellar and having something together for a 2015/2016 release date, but would he want to work under that kind of pressure? Nolan said he’d be interested if it was “the right situation and the right time in their cycle of things.” So is this it?
Or perhaps it’s a friendly chat. A “let’s leave the door open” kind of thing. There’s also a question of the overall direction of the series, with some rumors saying that Bond 24 and 25 will be linked, as well as a question of how long Daniel Craig will keep playing James Bond himself. But maybe those are outside the discussions with Nolan.
Either way, it’s very exciting to consider that Christopher Nolan may be taking on another iconic character. What do you think Bastards, want to see Nolan’s Bond?
Skyfall, the latest James Bond movie, turned out to be a huge financial ($1.1 billion worldwide) and critical ( 2 Oscars – Song and Sound Editing) success for the franchise. Fans everywhere were hoping that Skyfall director Sam Mendes would return to the director’s chair for the sequel, alas it is not to be. In a recent interview with Empire Magazine Mendes said:
“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie. Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond.”
“I feel very honoured to have been part of the Bond family and very much hope I have a chance to work with them again sometime in the future.”
Could Mendes come back to the franchise at a later time? Bond Franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are hopeful we’ll see Mendes direct another Bond movie in the future:
“We thoroughly enjoyed working with Sam, he directed our most successful Bond movie ever, Skyfall. We would have loved to have made the next film with him but completely respect his decision to focus on other projects and hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with him again.”
No word on who’s in the running to take on the directorial duties for the next Bond film written by John Logan. Craig is open to reprising his role and was reportedly in contract negotiations to lock the actor down for 5 more Bond movies. There’s also some new faces that just joined the franchise, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw would most likely return as well.
Who would you like to see take over the Bond Directorial seat?
As we approach the release of the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall on November 9th, there’s already some whispered discussion about who will take over as 007 when Daniel Craig decides to leave. Granted, he’s signed on for two more film after Skyfall but in this industry it’s never too early to speculate. Who’s name seems to be at the top of a lot of lists? Idris Elba.
The actor’s been on a slow burn to super stardom. He’s appeared on HBO’s The Wire and starred in BBC’s Luther, both to high acclaim. We saw him as Heimdall in Thor, he was the captain of Prometheus in Prometheus, and soon we’ll be seeing him in Guillermo Del Toro’s giant robot movie, Pacific Rim. Things are looking really good for Elba, could a turn as the world’s most famous spy be next?
According to Naomie Harris, the newest “Bond girl” and Elba’s co-starr from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Elba’s chances may be better than most. He’s apparently already had a meeting with longtime Bond producer, Barbara Broccoli, as Harris told The Huffington Post,
I didn’t realize that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond. And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he’s a great guy.
Sure we don’t know when this meeting occured or how official it was, but it’s refreshing to hear they may be open casting the first black Bond. Though that’s not how Elba would like to be considered,
I don’t want to be the black James Bond. Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond, and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.
In truth it shouldn’t matter at all what Bond’s race is as long as he can kick ass, woo women, drive a car, shoot a gun, bluff, and look impeccably good while doing it. I think Elba’s got all those qualities in spades. I mean, just look at him, could you deny the man anything? No, which is why he’d make an excellent Bond. I think even Dame Judi Dench would have trouble turning him down and that’s her damn job.
How would feel about Elba as the next Bond? If not him, who?
Source: Screen Rant