Christopher Nolan Breaks Silence on Reports of Him Directing the Next James Bond Film: “Certainly no, no truth to those rumors”

Despite his love for the IP, Christopher Nolan debunks reports of directing the next Bond film.

christopher nolan breaks silence on reports of him directing the next james bond film

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  • In early October, reports emerged claiming Christopher Nolan was set to direct two James Bond movies set in the '50s and '60s.
  • The acclaimed director debunked these claims, stating there is no truth to it.
  • Despite shutting down reports, Nolan once expressed that doing a Bond film would be a privilege.
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With Oppenheimer ruling the summer of 2023 alongside Barbie, fans are enthralled to witness what’s next for Christopher Nolan. And while rumors emerged claiming that the director might be the one to reinvent James Bond for the big screen, unfortunately, this might not be the case.

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Last month, sources claimed that Nolan was reportedly in talks to direct two Bond movies, which will be more faithful to Ian Fleming’s novels, taking place in the 50s and 60s. But to fans’ dismay, there is no truth to these reports, as director Christopher Nolan himself brushed off these rumors.

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Christopher Nolan on the set of “The Dark Knight Rises” | Photo: charlieanders2/Flickr
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Christopher Nolan Shuts Down Reports of Being Involved in the Next James Bond

Since concluding The Dark Knight trilogy back in 2012 with TDKR, which remains his biggest box-office success to date, Christopher Nolan distanced himself from franchises. But after a decade of delivering acclaimed originals, cementing himself as one of the best in the filming landscape, reports emerged that the director is likely to helm the wheels for one of the biggest IPs in fiction. Unfortunately, Christopher Nolan clarified he hasn’t been involved in any such discussion, stating, “No. Sadly no truth to those rumors”, he is thrilled to get back to work again after the strike.

And while Christopher Nolan might not be the one to reinvent the British spy after Daniel Craig‘s impeccable run as 007, the influence of James Bond is pretty apparent in Nolan’s other works.

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Getting Hands on the IP Would Be a Privilege for Christopher Nolan

It’s no news that Christopher Nolan is a huge Bond fan, and he has been pretty vocal about expressing his love for the British spy, even stating that it’d be a privilege to direct a 007 film. But following the character’s rich history in pop culture, the director admitted he had to work within the confinements of the series if he ever got the key to the franchise. He told Josh Horowitz:

“The influence of those movies in my filmography is embarrassingly apparent, so there’s no attempt to shy away from that. I love the films and it would be an amazing privilege to do one,” he said. “When you take on a character like that or work like that, you’re working within a particular set of constraints, and so you have to have the right attitude towards that–it has to be the right moment in your creative life where you can express what you want to express,” 

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And while Nolan seems pretty engrossed in directing a Bond film, with the filmmaker brushing off the reports of him being involved in the IP’s next chapter, the wait for a Nolan-led Bond flick continues.

 

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Written by Santanu Roy

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Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.