Christopher Nolan has been doing a lot of interviews for the release of his latest blockbuster, and more rumours have started to arise because of it. The Dark Knight director was doing press for the DVD release of Oppenheimer. During an interview with the Associated Press, Nolan was asked if he was involved with a James Bond film. The director squashed rumours, saying, “Sadly, no truth to those rumours.”
Online chatter has been swirling regarding the filmmaker’s link to the next 007 film. Daniel Craig’s exit from the James Bond role has created incessant debate about who the next James Bond will be and which director would helm a new 007 movie.
Although Christopher Nolan denied rumours about involvement in a Bond film, his name keeps appearing for the director’s chair. Part of the reason for the association between 007 and Nolan is that the filmmaker admitted his deep affinity for the 007 franchise. At the premiere of Inception, Nolan said, “The Bond influence on the film was very intentional because, for me growing up with the Bond films, they’ve always stood for grand-scale action, all stood for the promise of being taken someplace bigger than you could have imagined.” Nolan said (via BBC).
Cinemagoers have long spotted strong James Bond influences in Christopher Nolan’s films, as early as his work on the Dark Knight trilogy, which has only served to strengthen rumours about the connection. Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne and Batman alter ego was frequently placed in exotic locations worldwide and seemed like a thinly veiled James Bond archetype. Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox character was like James Bond’s gadget maker Q. Speaking to Empire (via Den of Geek), Nolan once again related his work to the James Bond franchise. “I’ve been plundering ruthlessly from the Bond movies in everything I’ve done, forever. They’re a huge influence on me,” Nolan said.
Nolan’s “plundering” can be seen, especially in 2010’s Inception and 2020’s mind-altering spy thriller Tenet. Jessica Kiang of The New York Times described Tenet as Nolan’s “time-bending” version of James Bond. Inception features Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom, a dream Extractor who operates in corporate espionage. In this regard, he is like 007; both are spies jet-setting worldwide. Tenet is even closer to a 007 film; John David Washington’s role in Tenet as the Protagonist is Nolan’s most obvious nod to the spy genre and James Bond.
Tenet shares some of the same themes as Bond films, such as the importance of national security and the danger of global terrorism—both of which feature high-risk action and exotic locations. However, Tenet isn’t just a copy of the James Bond formula. Nolan put his spin on the genre by adding a complex time-reversing plot and amazing visual effects. Tenet is a reinterpretation of the spy genre and is Christopher’s fresh take on James Bond and 007 films.
Will Nolan Ever Make A 007 Film?
Nolan is quite frank about the Bond influences in his films, even admitting in 2017 that it would be a privilege to make a Bond film. He confessed this much on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
“The influence of those movies in my filmography is embarrassingly apparent, and so there’s no attempt to shy away from that. I love the films. You know, it would be an amazing privilege to do one. It has to be the right moment in your creative life where you can express what you want to express and really burrow into something within the appropriate constraints because you would never want to take on something like that and do it wrong.”
Nolan continued, “You wouldn’t want to take on a film not fully committed to what you bring to the table creatively. So, as a writer, casting, everything, it’s a full package. You’d have to be really needed; you’d have to be really wanted in terms of bringing the totality of what you bring to a character. Otherwise, I’m very happy to be first in line to see whatever they do,” Nolan said.
In 2017, after the release of Nolan’s Dunkirk, Playboy asked Nolan if he would be interested in doing a Bond film. Nolan was enthusiastic, saying, “A Bond movie, definitely.” Nolan confirmed he was in contact with longtime 007 producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. He said, “I deeply love the character, and I’m always excited to see what they do with it,” he said. “Maybe one day that would work out.”
Interestingly, Christopher Nolan’s exact film after this was Tenet. Nolan’s exuberant tone and openness to the possibility of directing a James Bond film contrasts his recent muted, less exuberant mentions of the Bond franchise. Perhaps Nolan was eager to create a fresh new Bond film, but for whatever reason, it didn’t work out, and instead, he made his own version of Bond, that being Tenet.
Christopher Nolan was doing press for the DVD release of Oppenheimer.
The director was asked if he is involved in a new James Bond film.
Nolan denied the rumours, saying he is unfortunately not involved.
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