Christopher Nolan, the Oscar-nominated director behind Memento, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and long known to be a James Bond fan, has told BBC News that he’s keen to helm a 007 film in the future.
“I’ve loved the Bond films since I was a kid. For me, they’re always about the expansiveness of cinema.” – Christopher Nolan
Nolan’s latest film, Inception, is currently in cinemas, and it’s heavily influenced by 007, the director says. “The Bond influence on [Inception] was very intentional because, for me, growing up with the Bond films – they’ve always stood for grand-scale action.”
“[The Bond films have always] stood for the promise of being taken to some place bigger than you could have imagined. In dealing with the human mind and dreams, my mind naturally gravitates towards the Bond films as that sort of expression of cinematic potential. By the end of the film you feel that Inception could go anywhere and do anything.”
Deadline relays more from the BBC, in which Nolan reveals his desire to helm a James Bond film. “I’ve loved the Bond films since I was a kid. For me, they’re always about the expansiveness of cinema. The first Bond films set up infinite possibilities about the world they create. I’d love to do a Bond film.”
In particular, Nolan has cited On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – his favourite Bond film – as an influence on Inception.
Bond fans excited by the prospect of Nolan helming a Bond pic shouldn’t hold their breath, though. The director is next expected to tackle a third Batman film, reportedly due for release in July 2012. He has also been linked to a new Superman film.
Sam Mendes remains committed to directing the 23rd James Bond film, even though its development is currently suspended.
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