The latest on Bond: Daniel Craig is reportedly back, could Christopher Nolan direct?

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Some interesting news about the next James Bond feature is making its way online today.

We have to preface this with a bit of the "grain of salt" disclaimer, because the first part comes from U.K. tabloid the Mirror, and we all know that the U.K. tabloids have an iffy batting average when it comes to discerning between fake and real news. In any case, the Mirror is reporting that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli "is said to have secured (Daniel) Craig" for a fifth performance as 007 in the 25th official Bond film.

As you may recall, Craig made it seem like he had no interest whatsoever in returning to the franchise after 2015's Spectre, although in the ensuing couple of years his stance appears to have softened, and Broccoli herself went to great lengths to woo him back. If the Mirror is correct, those efforts have now paid off (I'm sure a healthy financial incentive had something to do with it too).

Even more intriguing in some ways is the question of who will direct the film. While one relatively obscure candidate was mentioned a couple of months back for the job, the director whose name has popped up more than once in regard to Bond is somewhat better known: none other than The Dark Knight and Interstellar auteur Christopher Nolan.

Asked about the idea of directing a Bond film in a new interview with Playboy -- done to promote his latest movie Dunkirk -- Nolan had this to say:

“I’ve spoken to the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson over the years. I deeply love the character, and I’m always excited to see what they do with it. Maybe one day that would work out. You’d have to be needed, if you know what I mean. It has to need reinvention; it has to need you. And they’re getting along very well.”

A few things here. First of all, is the Bond franchise getting along that well? Spectre was not as big a hit as 2012's Skyfall, nor was it as warmly received by fans and critics; there's a little bit of a sense that the series is a bit adrift. A director like Nolan could re-energize both the franchise and its star, while providing a tremendous publicity boost as well (he'd be easily the most well-known filmmaker to ever take on a 007 project).

On the other hand, Nolan is one of the few directors who has final cut and full creative control on his movies. Would he be willing to relinquish even some of that to the Bond producers, who have an iron grip on the franchise? Or would they give him the keys and let him drive the thing wherever he wanted, based on his track record?

A third thing to keep in mind is that the Bond series is looking for a new studio home, now that its deal with Sony has ended. Six studios are said to be in the running, including Warner Bros., which has also been Nolan's home since the early 2000s. You make the connections.

Oh yeah, one more thing: Nolan's production entity, Syncopy, briefly surfaced on the IMDB page for Bond 25 a few months back as one of the film's production companies. It was quickly deleted and said to have been an error... or was it?

Whatever happens, there are some interesting developments ahead for 007. Would you like to see Chris Nolan direct the next Bond film? Or should he wait and start fresh with a new 007 on Bond 26?

(via Consequence of Sound)