The acclaimed director is rumoured to be helming Craig’s fifth and final James Bond film in 2019.
Even if this isn’t the case, he admitted earlier this year that he’s been in talks with 007 producer Barbara Broccoli to helm a Bond film.
Speaking with Playboy, he said: “A Bond movie, definitely…I deeply love the character, and I’m always excited to see what they do with it. Maybe one day that would work out.”
A Nolan Bond movie seems like only a matter of time, so here are the five main things the director would bring to the 007 franchise.
His non-linear/multiple timelines
Like Quentin Tarantino, Nolan’s films are rarely chronological, let alone set along a single timeline.
Memento saw audiences view the film’s scenes backwards, Inception included five different timelines at alternate speeds and most recently Dunkirk had three across a week, a day and an hour.
Just imagine Bond’s mission starting at the end and following him across different timelines.
It may sound loopy to 007 purists, but it could be a bold move for the franchise’s future that keeps it fresh.
Nolan verges on the intellectual in his movies, exploring philosophical themes of existentialism, memory, identity and morality.
This was explored more in the Craig era than in previous 007 films, with a less two-dimensional Bond going through the pain of losing Vesper, seeking a bit of closure (or a Quantum of Solace) whilst battling his demons. Perhaps this sort depth would be taken to new heights with Nolan.
His own script
Some of the best films ever made are written by the director, keeping his original vision from pen to screen intact.
Again this is where Nolan shines, having at the very least co-written everything he’s directed.
The result has seen his films make almost $5 billion worldwide, garner 26 Oscar nominations (including seven wins) and five of his films were including in Empire’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time poll. He’d only made nine at the time.
His own cast and crew
Nolan has his own team of regulars on his films from stars like Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Anne Hathaway making multiple collaborations.
However it’s Tom Hardy who stands out, with the director having backed him to play 007. At the very least we could see the actor as a Bond villain under Nolan.
Then there’s cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, who not only worked on Nolan’s Interstellar and Dunkirk, but the latest Bond film Spectre. Just imagine 007 shot on Nolan’s preferred 70mm IMAX. Breathtaking.
Then there’s the booming sounds of Hans Zimmer who scored the director’s Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Interstellar and Dunkirk. The composer would add a quirky touch to the Bond theme.
Lastly is the only requirement from Nolan to director Bond.
In the same interview with Playboy quoted above he said: “You’d have to be needed, if you know what I mean. It has to need reinvention; it has to need you.”
Apart from all the Nolan traits mentioned above, our best bet is the director taking Bond back to Ian Fleming’s books, being more grounded in the original character with a 1950s/early 1960s setting.
James Bond 25 will be released in UK cinemas in November 2019.