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Christopher Nolan says it would be an ‘amazing privilege’ to direct a James Bond film

Christopher Nolan says it would be an ‘amazing privilege’ to direct a James Bond film

But the legendary director revealed what would make him turn down the opportunity.

The dust has well and truly settled on the latest James Bond saga involving Daniel Craig.

The British actor led the franchise for five films and now it's unclear who will drive it for the next generation.

While the hunt is on for the next Bond, there's also a mission to bring in a director to launch the new iteration of the MI6 spy with a bang.

They might have one in Christopher Nolan.

He's well versed in big-name franchises after directing The Dark Knight Batman trilogy and he loves pushing cinema to its limits.


During his press tour for his latest flick, Oppenheimer, Nolan was asked whether he would like to helm the upcoming yet unnamed James Bond movie.

He told the Happy Sad Confused podcast: “The influence of those movies in my filmography is embarrassingly apparent. It would be an amazing privilege to do one."

However, he admitted that there are some things to weigh up if he or anyone else was to sign up for that incredible opportunity.

“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,” he said.

“You wouldn’t want to take on a film without being 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 and 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.”

The James Bond franchise is one hell of a cinematic juggernaut so it's hard to know how much creative control Nolan would have if he was to direct the next movie.

The legendary director revealed a few years ago that he's flirted with the idea of helming a Bond film in the past.

Back in 2017, he told Playboy that he had spoken to 007 spoken to the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.

He said he 'deeply loves' the character but added that it would have to 'need reinvention' if he was to sign up.

"You’d have to be needed, if you know what I has to need you," he explained.

Who knows what will happen in the future.

Featured Image Credit: NBC/Getty Images. MGM

Topics: James Bond, TV and Film, Christopher Nolan