Despite reports earlier this week that Bond 23 was dead word is that both Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig plan to come back to Bond once MGM’s financial situation is resolved. Mendes is currently keeping himself busy with a stage musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and will probably focus his attention back to Bond in late 2010/early 2011 (MGM surely can’t drag it out that long).
However should Mendes have to leave the project there is a director who would be more than willing to replace him. That’s if he isn’t busy in Gotham.
Christopher Nolan has told the BBC that, to him, James Bond is one of the great characters in contemporary fiction. Speaking before last night’s world premiere of his much anticipated Inception in London, Nolan said that 007 is a huge influence on his mental heist thriller. “I’ve loved the Bond films since I was a kid. For me, they’re always about the expansiveness of cinema. The first Bond films set up infinite possibilities about the world they create. I’d love to do a Bond film.”
I would love to see a Christopher Nolan-directed Bond movie just as much as he would love to direct one. At present there will be schedule conflicts preventing him from doing so as he will be working on Batman 3 next year, but maybe in a few years he will be available for Bond 24. Bond producers take note!