Now that Daniel Craig has finally been confirmed to return as 007 for James Bond 25, the talk has shifted to who may direct the movie. Filmmaker Sam Mendes, who directed Skyfall and the latest installment in the Bond franchise, Spectre, has long since confirmed that he will not be back, and one of the filmmakers who has been rumored over the past year is Christopher Nolan, although now the filmmaker has definitively stated that he will not be at the helm for James Bond 25. Here's what the director had to say in a recent interview on the BBC 4 radio program Desert Island Discs.
"I won't be the man. No, categorically. I think every time they hire a new director I'm rumored to be doing it."
Speculation arose last summer when IMDB users noticed that Christopher Nolan's production company, Syncopy, was listed as one of the production companies involved in the movie, but the company has since been removed from the IMDB listing. While Christopher Nolan is most certainly not directing this James Bond movie, he hasn't ruled it out in the past, stating that he would only direct a James Bond movie when the franchise was ready for "reinvention." Here's what the director had to say about his adoration for the franchise as a whole.
"I'd love to make a Bond film at some point and I think those producers, Barbara and Michael, 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. But I've always been inspired by the films and would love to do one someday."
Director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) confirmed in a November interview that he is not directing Bond 25, but did confirm that he was in talks to take the helm. Martin Campbell, who directed the first Pierce Brosnan Bond movie (Goldeneye) and the first Daniel Craig Bond movie (Casino Royale) also stated he would be up for returning, once a new James Bond was brought on board, which very well could happen after Bond 25. There have also been hints that a female director may be brought on board, but it will also be interesting to see where the franchise as a whole winds up, with several studios vying for the franchise rights.
The distribution deal between Sony Pictures and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson's company Eon Productions expired after Spectre hits theaters, with a number of studios and other production entities now vying for the rights. We reported in September that streaming services such as Apple and Amazon are in the mix for the rights, along with Sony Pictures and Warner Bros., although it remains unclear when we'll find out for sure who will control the franchise rights. Eon Productions haven't announced a formal release date for Bond 25 quite yet, and with no new studio home for the franchise yet, it remains to be seen when we'll find out where the 007 franchise will finally land, after more than a decade with Sony. You can head on over to Digital Spy for their interview with Christopher Nolan.