Rumor: Christopher Nolan Approached to Direct JAMES BOND 24

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In the past, Christopher Nolan has expressed interest in directing a James Bond film.  Last summer, Nolan, a long-time fan of the series, said he was serious about the prospect, but added “It would have to be the right situation and the right time in their cycle of things.”  Although it is absolutely not the right time in their cycle of things, Daily Mail reports that there have been informal talks about directing James Bond 24 between Nolan and Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G .Wilson.  As you may recall, Broccoli and Wilson tried to get Skyfall director Sam Mendes to return, but he passed on the gig.  In March, we learned that MGM wanted a new Bond movie within 3 years, so the clock is ticking to get someone in the director’s chair.

The assumption that Nolan would direct Bond 24 is preposterous because Nolan is at work on Interstellar.  Pre-production is underway, roles have been cast, and a November 7, 2014 release date has been set.  Unless Nolan wants to piss off everyone at Paramount and Warner Bros (the studios behind Interstellar), he’s not doing Bond 24.  If there have been any informal talks, I believe they would be for James Bond 25.  That would be the smart, pro-active move, but right now the focus should be (and will be) on who’s doing the 24th film.




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  • S.H.I.E.L.DON COUPEUR

    Pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaase, nooooooooooooo!!!!

  • S.H.I.E.L.DON COUPEUR

    Pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaase, nooooooooooooo!!!!

    • pinkincide

      Yeah, James Bond will rescue cops trapped underground for SIX months–three months longer than in TDKR. So that’s TWICE as awesome! I may not be able to handle that much awesome, so I hired a guy to punch me in the spine in case it breaks from all the awesome.

      • Still a fan

        Don’t forget, Anne Hathaway(as the Bond Girl because Nolan doesn’t cast new actors unless he has to) will be the one to kill the villain who actually isn’t the real villain at all making Bond being in the movie at all a waste.

      • LolatNolan

        Can’t wait for a bond to materialize in a lock down city inexplicable when everyone thinks he’s dead then paint a giant gun barrel with a figure of himself in the middle in gasoline on a bridge to not only tell the bad guys really still alive hours before the city explodes from a nuclear bomb.

      • Ben Wigler

        All kidding aside, even Bond movies these days aren’t as ridiculous as the time-bending bullshit of a badly wounded Bruce Wayne somehow materializing in full Bat-Gear halfway across the world in time to both save the day AND paint that bridge with fire. You are absolutely right.

        If a BOND FILM is less ridiculous than a Bat-Man film, how can Nolan *possibly* consider his trilogy ‘grounded’ or ‘serious’ or whatever… Dude should just get over himself, take the money, produce Justice League, and get Christian Bale back on board…

        …That’s right, I eviscerated TDKR in the same breath as basically begging for more TDK-era Bat-Man…

      • Brad Jemmi

        I don’t think there is a single person on the internet that likes your comment

        cheers to you!

    • Nolan is a Whore

      Sweet, sweet vindication. I endured the slings and arrows of outrageous fanboys as I persevered in my righteous Crusade to champion the truth about what a rancid, disgusting sell out money hooker Nolan became with the shite-filled travesty of The Dark Knight Risible. Now, the righteous have taken up arms to lay waste to the blight of the Nolanite scourge. It ain’t easy being a visionary.
      Cue the asparagus piss guy’s cut and paste retort (the last resort of of a feeble mind unable to mount a legitimate defense of his false prophet). I have my own retort ready to copy and paste in response so don’t bother.

      • Nolan is a Whore

        Also, does anybody know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

      • Johnson

        honestly, go throw yourself from a rock

      • Chris Nolan

        Ah hoy hoy faithful Nolanites. It is I, your messiah, Chris Nolan. I hope you all enjoyed the above comment posted by my brother/boy toy Jonathan Nolan (I call him jon jon around the house;) ). If you ever see this comment copied and pasted into comment sections regarding Chris Nolan (myself) please don’t post glib responses. Jonathan is genuinely offering the above bargain. And I know you’ll not call the police about it because if you let me get away with The Dark Knight Rises, by God, you’ll let me get away with anything.

      • Murdoch

        Exactly what mental illness / sexual dysfunction are you suffering from, dude?

      • Nolan be whorin

        None. The guy who copy and pastes the asparagus remarks ( a kid named Griz who I schooled in a previous Nolan comment section) obviously does because he thinks what he posts is the height of comedy. He’s just angry that his God Nolan just ain’t as good as he’s made out to be so he goes into a psychotic frenzy when Nolan is criticized. I just copy and past a reply in kind to get it out of the way so a real discussion can be had. I’m honestly curious why so many Nolanites take a personal affront to valid critiques against him and act like their mothers have been insulted. People critique things. Nolan isn’t perfect so people point out flaws in his work. He’s not treated any differently than any artist who puts something out into the world. It’s mainly the stance that Nolanites adopt that anyone who critiques Nolan is either unintelligent or doesn’t “understand” his films that causes such backlash. Maybe if you all learned to have a more adult dialogue than comments section around his films would be more civil. Just a thought.

      • Murdoch

        I don’t know who you are, but you just posted your reply 3min ago, and you already have a thumbs up. Its clear you have multiple accounts, so please, for the love of god . . . STOP asking for guys to pee all over you.

      • Nolan Fake Limey

        Nice try Murdoch. See the level of intelligence a Nolanite possesses? Quite sad really. If I wanted a guy to piss on me, Nolan would be way down the list. He’s pretty ugly. Like the hunchback who lives in the tower of London (who I hear actually sired the Nolan bros). It actually begs the question: Nolan grew up in America and so did his brother. Yet Nolan has a thick British accent while Jon jon has a Texas drawl. It leads me to believe Nolan’s accents an affectation. He’s putting it on to dupe simpletons into believing what he’s saying is more intelligent, because of the brit accent. Just sayin.

      • Nolan Fake Limey

        Also, does anybody know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

      • DG

        Dude, get a life. And I 100% agree with Murdoch. You’re into some weird shit, bro.

      • Nolan be Whorin

        Also, does anybody know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

      • Chris Nolan

        Ah hoy hoy faithful Nolanites. It is I, your messiah, Chris Nolan. I hope you all enjoyed the above comments posted by my brother/boy toy Jonathan Nolan (I call him jon jon around the house;) ). If you ever see this comment copied and pasted into comment sections regarding Chris Nolan (myself) please don’t post glib responses. Jonathan is genuinely offering the above bargain. And I know you’ll not call the police about it because if you let me get away with The Dark Knight Rises, by God, you’ll let me get away with anything.

      • aeraopk

        Someone is getting hard from making multiple accounts and thinking he’s witty. Go outside man, it will help you with your pathetic life.

      • Nolan B. Horan

        There’s only me and one kid who’s too afeard to engage with me under anything but my own name. There’s no logical support of Rises being a good movie (outside of pathetically parroting the Rottentomatoes score — and remember kids, Phantom Menace had a positive rating when it debuted as critics felt obligated to give it a pass, much like Rises due to the goodwill from Dark Knight and the possibility of death threats should they give it a rotten score) so he has to copy paste and asparagus piss thing (something he’s obviously tried because of all the detail he goes into) and I copy and paste a reply. That’s all that’s going on here. Then fanboys who, again, can’t come up with a logical Rises defense outside of Derp it was awesome Derp, also pretend like they can’t see what’s going on here.

  • dantae

    Only if it’s a reboot, please

  • Ivan

    Nolan doesn’t know how to do action scenes. Please don’t.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/‎ tarek

    Great news.

    No one can handle a James bond film as well as a British director.

    • Kevin

      Pretty sure he’s from Chicago

    • boom

      his mix american/english and lived on both side for a time.

  • cb

    Finally! Been waiting FOREVER for this!

  • Dan

    As much as I love hearing that, it’s very unlikely. This rumor has been around for a while. I’d like to see him do it, but not the Craig version. When Craig is done, give the directing job to Nolan, and get someone like Henry Cavill, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, or Tom Hiddleston to play Bond.

  • Person

    Love Nolan, love Bond, but they’re wrong for each other. Skyfall was already basically a Nolan Bond, and as much as I loved it, there’s no need for another one. Can they please make at least one normal Bond movie with Craig, or do each of his movies have to try and re-invent the franchise…

  • Still a fan

    Oh yaya! I love movies with confusingly shot overly long action scenes with villains who aren’t villains that are killed by the hero’s new random girlfriend! Can’t wait!

    • chandler Bing

      so, iron man 3? f**king its-cool-to-hate-nolan haters.

  • cruzzercruz

    I’m not the biggest fan of Nolan, but I love the influx of haters in the last year. Not even critics, just straight haters.

    • Lex Walker

      He did kind of earn them with that mess we generously call a film: The Dark Knight Rises.

      • Omar Swarez

        So, if you consider Dark Knight Rises bad, then that is 1 out of 8. Yeah, he’s really earned it.

      • Lex Walker

        The Batman franchise is the most popular property he’s ever had his hands on, so when you torpedo it, it doesn’t matter if your other 7 films are good (I personally enjoy them, with Prestige at the top) – that’s what people are going to focus on. You want to complain about the influx of haters, fine, but it’s hardly sudden. They’ve had almost a year to come to that conclusion.

      • mbmarquis69

        “that’s what people are going to focus on”

        No, people are going to hold steadfast to opinions they formed a long time ago about Nolan, regardless of how his movies perform. That goes for haters and apologists alike.

      • Lex Walker

        That’s good, just lump everybody into the ridiculous small minorities of the extremes (haters and apologists) and ignore the fact that most people in the world aren’t film nerds and are in fact capable of taking in new information as it arises and modifying their opinions accordingly.

      • Murdoch

        I’ll keep this brief: 299 reviews 87% Fresh, World Wide Box office: $1.08 Billion. The only thing getting torpedoed is common sense if you think your own personal nitpicks against an incredibly well regarded movie somehow makes it a bomb.

      • Lex Walker

        Who called it a bomb? As Iron Man 3 has shown us a movie can be very flawed and still be positively reviewed and garner big box office. Your argument addresses nothing of quality.

      • chandler Bing

        shut up dude. Sam raimi screwed up spiderman 3. does that make us hate him? no. jon favreau screwed up iron man 2. does that? no. bryan singer made superman returns. does that make us forgt xmen and x2? no. ridley scott made prometheus? does that undermine the fact that he made alien? no. you’re just one of those douchebags who thinks its cool to hate nolan now.

      • Reality Check

        Spiderman 3, Prometheus, Ironman 2 and Superman returns are all vastly superior to Dark Knight Rises.

      • Who

        ^ haha. this is,pretty ironic, considering your username.

      • Lex Walker

        Yeah, but I don’t hate Nolan. And are you honestly going to try and say that when a director botches a big film that people aren’t wary of their next one or two efforts? That’s absolute bull and you know it. People remembered the flops that Singer had and it hasn’t helped that he’s been struggling ever since. Raimi has only directed 2 films since Spider-man 3, and only one of those has been a big budget studio flick, and again the mishandling of Spidey 3 (though it had a lot to do with studio interferene) made people wary about how Oz would turn out (pretty badly in the end). Ridley Scott has made a number of clunkers since Alien, and while Prometheus doesn’t undermine Alien it does tarnish the legacy and casts doubt on whether or not he can recapture that lightning in a bottle. You can think that blind loyalty somehow makes you a better person, but really it just shows you prefer to ignore the facts you don’t particularly like, it doesn’t make the people who don’t haters.

      • chandler Bing

        okay, you seem to put forward decent arguements unlike the other guy who’s just plain trolling or stupid, so i’ll go ahead and apologize for calling you a duochebag hater. having said that, i think it’s uncalled for to say he is the worst, or to say so much shit about him considering he’s made one bad movie- well, not even that bad, at least the first time you watched it, its on repeat viewings that the flaws start coming out- and about 7 brilliant ones. and the main reason why we think tdkr was bad is because it is the most comic book-y film of nolan. everything that happened in the film that people complain about ACTUALLY happened in the comic books. thats a stark departure from his more grounded approach and people hate on it without realising its not actually nolan who came up with those ideas in the first place.

      • Lex Walker

        Civil discourse in a comments section?! Huzzah. Well done, sir. And I would never consider Nolan “the worst”, all I’ve said is that TDKR was botched badly enough that it’s understandable if some Batman fans have become somewhat disillusioned with him and don’t like him anymore. Would it be shortsighted considering his other 7 films are pretty great? You bet, but that kind of rational thinking can be hard to do when you’re a passionate fan who feels like they just watched a Batman flick where Bane is a second-rate version of himself (really just muscle and a cardboard stand-in for the actual genius) and with a bunch of other plotholes that take you out of the story? Are the plotholes more of a subjective problem? Sure, and even TDK had some, but in the first two films Nolan was considerably better at reeling in the indulgences and keeping true to telling a Batman story. So again, disliking Nolan after TDKR if you’re a Batman fan isn’t such a stretch, but it does mean you’re ignoring his record of great filmmaking outside the Bat-verse.

  • Bob

    Pretty cool news. Though tbh, I want a new Bond. Craig is just to old already. Micael Fassbender and Christopher Nolan sounds good. I know they won’t change Bons yet though so wat evs.

    • Bob

      *Michael Fassbender

  • thewriteguy

    One moment that stunned me in TDKR was the obvious continuity error where Bane and his minions escaped on motorcycles from the stock exchange, when it was clearly daylight, and raced through the streets of Gotham when it suddenly, inexplicably, became night time. At that point, I felt Nolan truly did not give a f–. And I write as someone who still really likes TDK, and have followed Nolan’s work with interest since Memento.

    Nolan can in fact maintain continuity correctly (look at Inception), but unless he’s working with his (or his brother’s) own material, it appears that he slacks off and really doesn’t care. Worse, his action directing has been consistently terrible (even in TDK), and doesn’t look to have improved throughout his career, while the action in Skyfall was excellently put together.

    I get the impression that Nolan shoots action sequences without much pre-planning and doesn’t capture enough coverage, and therefore he leans on his editor to put things together, which explains why the action sequences in his movies (i.e. the fights and car chases) are jarring and exhibit amateurish continuity problems. So why the Bond producers might want Nolan is baffling. They may as well ask J.J. Abrams, who is better at action, to crank out Bond 24 for them — no insult to him.

    • chandler Bing

      i’m not going to talk about his other films, because they speak for themselves. for all tdkr’s faults, the fight scenes were pretty awesome. especially the bat-bane one-on-one fights.

    • Man_of_Steel

      No it was getting darker if you look at the the scenario:

      1. It was raining, see Foley’s Jacket it was slightly wet

      2. Streetlights were ON

      So anyway it was getting darker and darker and by the time they came out of the tunnel it went black, when the sun is going down it doesn’t take long to get dark.

      Anyway I do confess he has some continuity issues in his movies but if he works hand in hand with 2nd UNIT which takes care of action then it can be done brilliantly.

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  • Bucky

    I personally hope they go with somebody different but am not surprised that they are pursuing him. I have not been able to imagine him directing one since he does not seem like the kind of director that would give up the amount of control usually required to do a Bond film.

  • Farrell

    This is a bullshit rumor from the dailymail, who are notorious for inventing fake stories to drum up attention. I can’t believe collider is reporting this.

    • Bucky

      This writer actually had a lot of scoops on Skyfall that proved to be correct, so that is why many are actually taking it seriously.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      It even made it’s way onto IMDB

  • Anton

    Michael Caine as a Bond villain?

  • HeSaidSheSaidMv

    Craig’s Bond with Nolan at the helm might be the most misanthropic, depressing, least likeable Bond ever.

  • Ken

    Skyfall was terrible, but I dread to think what Nolan would do with Bond after what he did with Batman in the horrendously plotted TDKR.

  • Person

    Matthew Vaughn just seems like the obvious choice at this point. Young, proven director who already has a working relationship with Craig (Layer Cake still kicks ass) but would still be complacent within the EON production system, especially since Danny Boyle has effectively taken his own name off the list (and who honestly I could never imagine really making a Bond movie, he’s too stylized). Vaughn is the best British option available.

  • sense11

    Perfect choice for James Bond

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