With Skyfall and Spectre helmer Sam Mendes opting against a return for Bond 25, EON Productions has a vacancy in the director’s chair for Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007, which is slated for release late next year.
We’ve already heard a rumoured shortlist of contenders including Yann Demange (’71), David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) – with the latter ruling himself out due to scheduling conflicts with Dune – and it seems another director we can officially scratch off the list is Dunkirk helmer Christopher Nolan.
“I won’t be the man,” Nolan told BBC Radio 4 during a recent interview. “No, categorically. I think every time they hire a new director I’m rumoured to be doing it.”
Nolan has previously admitted that he would be keen to direct a Bond movie and has had talks with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, but would only be keen to take on the job if he could reinvent the character completely – a point he went on to reiterate:
“I love the character, I love the films, and I’ve been very inspired by the films as anyone who’s seen my films will find embarrassingly obvious,” he said. “But you’d only take on a franchise like that if you could bring something completely new to it, if that were needed. And I think at the moment they’re doing fantastically well without me.”
So, with Daniel Craig on his way out next year, can we expect Christopher Nolan for Bond 26?