No director has been named for the next James Bond movie, but now we at least know who it won’t be. Christopher Nolan, the acclaimed director behind Batman: The Dark Knight and Inception, has come forward to say he will not be behind the camera for the next 007 film.
“I won’t be the man,” he said recently in an interview on BBC Radio 4, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. “No, categorically. I think every time they hire a new director I’m rumored to be doing it.”
As Nolan has said in the past, he remains interested in making a Bond movie…someday. Given that the 007 series is one of the biggest and most enduringly successful franchises in film history, Nolan may yet have another shot after Bond 25.
“I’d love to make a Bond film at some point. I think those producers, Barbara [Broccoli] and Michael [Wilson] do a tremendous job,” Nolan explained. “[Skyfall and Spectre director] Sam Mendes has done a tremendous job on the last couple of films. They don’t particularly need me. But I’ve always been very inspired by the films and would love to do one someday.”
Last year, Nolan said he had spoken with Broccoli and Wilson multiple times over the years to discuss the possibility of him directing a 007 film, but it has never worked out. Tom Hardy, who has starred in some of Nolan’s films, said he would like to see Nolan direct a 007 movie someday.
Nolan has received five Oscar nominations over the years, for Memento, Inception, and most recently Dunkirk. That film is up for Best Picture and Best Director at the 90th Academy Awards this year. Nolan directed the Christian Bale Batman trilogy, spanning Batman Begins, Batman: The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.
After some amount of uncertainty, Daniel Craig returns to play 007 once again Bond 25, which comes to theaters on November 8, 2019. This will be his fifth performance as the British super-spy, following on from Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre. Bond writers Robert Wade and Neil Purvis have been hired to write Bond 25.