And after months of headaches and indecision over who’d be directing the next James Bond flick, where rumors of everyone from Christopher Nolan to Nicholas Winding Refn, we can now confirm it’ll be a return to the directors chair for Sam Mendes. Both he and Daniel Craig are back for Bond 24, in what will hopefully be one smashing follow-up to Skyfall.
Skyfall became the most successful Bond film ever, earning $1.1 billion worldwide, and of course Sony and MGM want to repeat that! Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today made the announcement of Mendes’ return after months of being resigned to the fact Mendes’ schedule was simply too busy. In fact, back in March we were convinced Mendes was out of the running to direct the next 007 flick because as he himself confirmed it was, “a very difficult decision,” to choose not to return.
Time makes liars of us all, doesn’t it? So Mendes is back, Craig is back, screenwriter John Logan will also be back, and all we can hope for is lightening to strike twice. Hit the jump for the full press release. Are you excited to hear Mendes gets another crack at Bond, or were you hoping for a fresh take?
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?