The saga of who’s going to play James Bond in the next film goes on and on. After the release of Spectre, the actor said that he’d rather slash his wrists than do another Bond movie, but he later said that he loves playing James Bond. However, since then several possible replacements have been mooted, notably Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy. Speaking with The Daily Beast, Hardy was asked about this and, despite not really giving anything away, did say who he’d love to direct the next one….presumably whether he’s in it or not.
“You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race. So I can’t possibly comment on that one! If I mention it, it’s gone. But Chris Nolan, what a fantastic director for a Bond movie. Because Daniel is so good, and what Sam Mendes and Barbara Broccoli have done has been so impressive, that it would be a very hard re-imagination to follow after. I wonder what the next installment of that franchise would become, and I think when you mention someone like Christopher Nolan, that’s a very powerful figure to bring into that world who could bring something new and create something profound…again”.
This isn’t actually the first time Nolan’s name has been mentioned. There were rumours that was he in talks to do Bond back in 2013, and recently rumours that the franchise may move to Nolan’s home Warner Bros. So you never know. Now that his action directing has become more coherent, I think that Nolan, even though he may not be allowed all the creative control he likes, could do very well with 007 and fit in very well with the franchise. After all, Nolan’s approach to Batman undoubtedly influenced the Craig films, and Skyfall definitely borrowed from The Dark Knight. And he’s mentioned how On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is his favourite Bond film and was an influence on Inception, so it goes both ways.