Is Christopher Nolan going to direct Bond 25? Such speculation is part of the fun when it comes to what will happen next in the world of Bond cinema. It has been part of the game ever since EON stopped announcing “James Bond will be back in…” at the end of each film.
But let’s play around with the possibility. If Nolan were to come on board, what might that mean for Bond 25? Here are some considerations.
Tom Hardy as James Bond
Winter is Coming
Unless, we hear otherwise, Daniel Craig is still James Bond, and might remain so even if Nolan directs Bond 25. Regardless, much speculation has surrounded the possibility of Hardy taking on the role of 007, with Nolan as director. Given that Hardy has now starred in three of Nolan’s last four pictures, it stands to reason that Hardy could be his hand-picked choice to play Bond.
Caine. Michael Caine
Like most directors, Nolan has a number of actors he likes to cast in his films. Cillian Murphy and Ann Hathaway are two of them, and it isn’t outside the realm of possibility that he would cast either or both in a Bond film. Hathaway as a Bond girl? Murphy as a villain? Interesting possibilities.
But the one actor who has found his way into most of Nolan’s films is Michael Caine. Audiences would be expecting to see him pop up in a Nolan-directed Bond film, as well.
Ice and Snow
Starting with 2002’s Insomnia, Nolan has shown a preference for shooting in the elements. The Prestige, Inception, and Interstellar all featured scenes in snow and ice. Inception even featured an homage to Blofeld’s mountain-top lair in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Much has been made about the Bond-Batman connection. Given that Nolan explored the Jungian “Orphan Complex” with Batman, he is prone to continue Mendes’ exploration of the same with Bond. Nolan has played around with Jungian psychology before, most notably in Inception, and so audiences can expect a continued exploration into the hidden depths of Bond, and his life in the “shadows.”
What did Memento, The Prestige, Inception, and Interstellar all have in common? Turns out that Christopher Nolan did his homework on each. While each film was a thrilling piece of escapism, each was also deeply-rooted in science and technology. One could make a case that Nolan also brought a sense of reality to the Batman series, as well. Nolan will be prone to do the same for Bond, too.
A Harry Styles Theme Song
Why Styles? Nolan cast him in his latest film, Dunkirk. And as noted above, Nolan likes working with the same performers, and he is quite impressed with Styles. He very well could pull him in for the theme song.
Only time will tell if Christopher Nolan actually directs (or even produces) a James Bond film. But thinking about the end result of such an event is half the fun.
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