Christopher Nolan just wants to make his own movies. The director behind Interstellar, The Dark Knight trilogy, and last year’s Dunkirk has a knack for taking a conventional kind of film (superhero, war epic, psychological thriller) and turning it on its head. So when rumors surfaced that he was to helm the 25th James Bond film, it was clear that either Nolan was going to reinvent the 007 wheel or the rumor was nothing but hot air.
Turns out, it was the latter — at least for now.
The topic of 007 came up when, during a recent guest stint on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, the director was asked which album he'd take with him while stranded on a desert island. His pick was John Barry’s 007 classic On Her Majesty’s Secret Service soundtrack — and Nolan took the opportunity to clear things up about his connection to the franchise.
When the question of Bond 25 came up, Nolan was clear the director’s chair wasn’t his. "I won't be the man," Nolan said of directing the movie that'll feature Daniel Craig's fifth outing as the storied superspy. "No, categorically."
One of Britain's premier directors and the premier British franchise do seem like a perfect fit — at least to fans and bloggers — which Nolan references when he says, “I think every time they hire a new director I'm rumoured to be doing it.”
However, in classic industry fashion, Nolan’s never saying never again to the character in the future. "I'd love to make a Bond film at some point and I think those producers — Barbara [Broccoli] and Michael [G. Wilson] — they do a tremendous job and Sam Mendes has done a terrific job the last couple of films, so they don't particularly need me," he said before adding “but I've always been inspired by the films and would love to do one someday."
However, with Mendes out of the directorial picture, the word is still out on who will take his place. That person just won’t be Nolan, at least as long as he’s not able to “bring something completely new to it.” Currently, the only rumored director not to be counted out of the running is The Bourne Identity‘s Doug Liman — but there’s every possibility new blood could break through.
Craig returns, likely for the last time, as James Bond sometime in 2019.