Christopher Nolan is a one-project man. Even though a third "Batman" is in development with Nolan's brother Jonah and David Goyer tackling the screenplay, Nolan himself claims that he's too deeply engrossed in "Inception" to think ahead to the next project. But just because he isn't actively thinking about his future gigs doesn't mean that Nolan doesn't know what he'd like to do in the future — like a James Bond film, for instance.
At last night's London premiere of "Inception," Nolan described the Bond films as a major influence on his latest work — so much so that he would "love" to gain a license to shoot a 007 picture.
"I've loved the Bond films since I was a kid," he told the BBC (via Deadline). "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."
Right now, the Bond franchise is in flux due to MGM's financial woes. Even then, Sam Mendes is the man attached to the director's chair for Daniel Craig's next outing as the tuxedo-wearing spy. At least in the immediate future, a Nolan-helmed Bond movie is unlikely. But is it an awesome prospect to consider? Absolutely.
One of Nolan's great talents is that he can successfully marry indie sensibilities into a big budget blockbuster — see "The Dark Knight" and, if successful, next week's "Inception." Although he's gotten the most attention for his "Batman" films, he's received heaping amounts of critical acclaim for work on his more intimate projects like "Memento" and "The Prestige." Nolan's supporters would undoubtedly like to see more of those films, and I would argue that his tent-pole movies provide Nolan with a creative outlet to unleash his big budget fury, recharging him for the next wholly original idea.
As it's widely believed that Nolan will tap out of Gotham City after "Batman 3," I think he would do well to have another major franchise to his name — and given that "Casino Royale" was compared to "Batman Begins" as a successful reboot, it only makes sense that Nolan comes to Bond to give the property his official blessing. On top of that, Nolan has demonstrated his ability to build a film entirely around one compelling character (see "Begins") while also crafting equally memorable surrounding villains (see Heath Ledger's Joker in "The Dark Knight"). Once you tie those two components together with the high-stakes thrilling action that "Inception" seems to boast, Nolan suddenly becomes an obvious choice to direct a Bond movie.
What's your take, readers? Do you think Nolan's a good fit for the Bond films, or would you rather see him continue developing his own original ideas like "Inception?" Tell us what you'd like to see in the comments section and on Twitter!