With the successful premiere of Oppenheimer – 95%, Christopher Nolan once again demonstrates why production companies leave the way open for him to work on his films exactly the way he wants. The director has been establishing himself in different genres for years and is already considered one of the best creators in the history of Hollywood. But like many other accomplished artists, Nolan has several dreams to fulfill and one of them is to direct a James Bond movie, something that could be close to being fulfilled.
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James Bond has always been an inspiration for Christopher Nolan
The premiere of Memento – 92% helped Nolan make his way in Hollywood, because although the film was made with a low budget it was clear that the director’s vision was too ambitious to remain in those circles. His deal with Warner Bros., which basically worked to make him known globally, was always beneficial to his work because they gave him creative freedom, especially after the success of Batman Begins. 84% and its sequels that changed many of the expected trends in superhero cinema.
Already with these DC adaptations it was clear that Nolan had a special appreciation for James Bond, since the way in which the hero was represented in this universe was similar to how the agent works in his missions. The director has never denied this influence, and several critics of the time even said that these films were the closest thing to the spy genre that the screenwriter could offer, something that was true until the development of Tenet – 83%. This film, now within the genre but with touches of science fiction, greatly divided the public and specialists, who preferred to see a version of Bond in the hands of Nolan.
Tenet It faced several obstacles due to the global pandemic and ultimately became the title that marked Nolan’s departure from Warner Bros. Discovery, who at that time hoped to build their streaming platform by sacrificing certain film releases. The director found in Universal a new safe harbor where he could develop Oppenheimer with freedom and total control over the final cut, in addition to deciding the time it would be in commercial theaters and in IMAX format, thus giving way to one of the most successful premieres of 2023 and the most important in the director’s career.
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Nolan’s James Bond could become a reality very soon
With this success, one would think that Nolan could safely approach the character of James Bond, and some consider it very curious that in all this time the producers did not approach someone like him. After No Time to Die – 83% will close the cycle of Daniel Craig, the promise of a new agent 007 raises expectations about the possible new protagonist and the new person in charge of this project. The director of Interstellar – 71% do not miss any opportunity to remind the world of their desire to adapt the spy and it seems that they could finally achieve it.
According to a report from World of Reel (via CBR), Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilsonproducers of the James Bond films, do have Nolan in their sights to direct not one, but two 007 films. This report explains that negotiations were taking place before the strikes began and it seems that the most Important for the director is to reach a fair deal to have total creative freedom with the character, something that could complicate things depending on the plans that executives have for the protagonist in the long term.
If this news is real, it cannot be confirmed at the moment because the strikes also paralyzed these negotiations. Although the directors’ association did reach an agreement with the producers, Nolan still supports the strikes as a screenwriter and productions are on pause for now. The key will be to see if the creator and producers reach an agreement on the new version of James Bond so that Nolan can enter this franchise with the assurance that he will have the necessary support to fulfill his vision.
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