Christopher Nolan shares his admiration for the James Bond franchise and why it would be a “fantastic privilege” to direct a 007 film.
While speaking with host Josh Horowitz about a recent episode of Happy Sad Confused podcastthat Oppenheimer director admitted that he would gladly take the opportunity if presented at the “right time”.
“The influence of these films on my filmography is embarrassingly obvious. And so there is no attempt to shy away from it. I love the movies,” Nolan said. “You know it would be an amazing privilege to do one.”
But the filmmaker noted that when you take on a character or a project like the iconic British spy franchise, you’re “working within a certain set of constraints” and have to approach it with the “right attitude.”
“It has to be the right moment in your creative life where you can express what you want to express and really dig into something within the appropriate constraints because you would never want to take on something like that and get it wrong,” he added.
Taking on a legendary character would be nothing new for the Oscar-nominated director as he brought Christian Bale’s Batman to life in Dark Knight trilogy. However, if he took on James Bond, Nolan explained that he would have to be granted some creative freedom throughout the project.
“You wouldn’t want to take on a film that isn’t fully committed to what you bring to the table creatively. So as a writer, casting, everything, it’s a full package,” he said. “You’ve got to be really needed, you’ve got to be really wanted in terms of bringing the totality of what you bring to a character. Otherwise, I’m very happy to be first in line to see whatever they’re doing.”
Nolan has previously revealed in a 2017 interview with Playboy that he has kept in touch with “producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson over the years” and would “definitely” be down to do a film in the hit franchise.
“I love the character deeply and I’m always excited to see what they do with it,” he said at the time. “Maybe one day it would work out. You’d have to be needed, if you know what I mean. It needs reinvention; it needs you. And they’re really good together.”