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Remarks made by directors in interviews as to their career aspirations and dream projects seldom warrant news coverage. However, when that director is one of great geek stature and the dream project is both epically awesome and seemingly entirely feasible, it's worth discussing. Such is the case with 'The Dark Knight Rises' Christopher Nolan and his desire to make a James Bond film. In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, the current Batman franchise helmer stated that he had gone so far as to meet with the franchise's producers about the prospect of his taking on 007. He of course stressed that "it would have to be the right situation and the right time in their cycle of things." Sam Mendes' crack at MI-6's most dangerous agent, 'Skyfall,' is due in theaters this November.
It would be one thing if Nolan was simply stating his fondness for the franchise and his theoretical interest in making a Bond movie, but the fact that he's actually met with producers about it should indicate that he could very well be in the mix to get behind the camera on a future entry. What would be interesting about this scenario is how it would gel with Nolan's affinity for rebooting characters. The James Bond franchise just got its own restart with 2006's 'Casino Royale;' a new Bond in Daniel Craig as well as a revamped origin story. If Nolan was to come on board as early as the next Bond movie, I feel it would be frustrating for the audience to have the entire franchise rebooted a second time. However, his comment about "their cycle of things" could suggest that he would instead adhere to the new timeline. In any event, I'm excited at the mere prospect of his helming a Bond movie. Nolan has proven that he can eloquently balance densely-layered characters and compelling storytelling with jaw-dropping action sequences, so his appropriateness as a Bond director is not simply a product of Batgeek adoration. That's my two cents, but what do you guys think?
Could you see Nolan directing Bond? Would you be on board for that? What would that film look like?