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Whether or not Daniel Craig returns to play James Bond or not, there's a good chance that the next movie in the franchise will require a new director. One name that has been often rumored as a potential future Bond director is Christopher Nolan. But, would the man behind The Dark Knight be interested in getting involved in another major franchise? Nolan has recently come out to say that while he would be interested in doing a Bond movie, it would only be if the franchise were in need of a major reset. Something that is not currently required. According to Nolan...
A Bond movie, definitely. 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.
Unfortunately, based on what Christopher Nolan told Playboy (via Screen Rant), it would seem that if the people at Ion Productions wanted to bring Nolan into the fold, they missed their chance back when the James Bond franchise was in need of a reboot. In 2006, the franchise got something of a restart with Casino Royale, however, that film came out the year after Nolan released Batman Begins and was already working on The Dark Knight. Nolan was not in a position to take on something like James Bond.
However, as Christopher Nolan rightly points out, the James Bond franchise is in pretty good shape as it currently stands. While most would agree that Spectre, the last film released, was a bit of a misstep, overall fans have embraced the new, grittier version of James Bond that Daniel Craig brought to the series. Even if the recent rumors that Craig has signed on for one more movie turn out to be untrue, we can expect that whoever takes over will pick up where the series left off with a similar character.
If, however, the time comes where another reinvention of James Bond is needed, there's a good chance that Nolan could be the one to do it. It sounds like he's been keeping in touch with the producers so if they ever want tp take the character in a new direction, there's a good chance that Nolan would be the one that they'd call. Considering how Nolan successfully reinvented Batman, there are few other directors who would be better suited to such a task for James Bond. Until then, we'll just have to wait for the 25th James Bond movie, which will be along at some point, as soon as we can confirm they have a star and a director.