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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

question of the day: What if Christopher Nolan took over the James Bond franchise?

I haven’t seen Inception yet — I’ll see it tonight — but I’m even more intrigued to hear writer-director Christopher Nolan say this about the film (to BBC News):

The Bond influence on the film was very intentional because, for me, growing up with the Bond films – they’ve always stood for grand-scale action… for the promise of being taken to some place bigger than you could have imagined.

In dealing with the human mind and dreams, my mind naturally gravitates towards the Bond films as that sort of expression of cinematic potential.

BBC News notes that:

Like the Bond films, Inception was shot in various locations around the globe including Morocco, France, Japan and Canada.

Which naturally makes me wonder: What if Christopher Nolan took over the James Bond franchise?

We know that the Bond films are on hold while MGM gets its financial act together (Sam Mendes was rumored to have been attached to the next film), but that just gives Nolan some time to have a vacation after finishing Inception and start percolating some new Bond ideas.

What do you think? If not Nolan, who should take over Bond. Is the crash of MGM the perfect opportunity to reboot Bond in some other direction? New leading man (not that I don’t love Daniel Craig), maybe? Or is it time to put 007 aside altogether?

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  • doa766

    it would be a waste of talent

  • CB

    I’ll be frank: I have not been impressed one bit by Nolan’s action directing in the Batman films. Amazing otherwise, but never have I seen action sequences so hard to follow since Steven Seagal’s worst direct-to-video releases. The big Bond action set pieces, like say the Parkour chase from Casino Royale, demand that you actually be able to see what’s happening. I’m hoping it was just an ill-conceived stylistic choice for Batman, otherwise I’m worried if he wants to focus on the action in the Bond series.

    By the same token, I’m a little worried about Inception based on the trailers and by his statement that his imagination goes immediately to the Bond series. Really? Can’t at least our subconscious imagination go farther than that? In the trailers, I mostly just saw things flying around or breaking up and blowing away. I’m concerned that it’s going to be a little like Push, where you have people with amazing powers like telekinesis they can use at will, but all they do with it is either make guns float around and shoot, or block bullets shot from floating guns.

  • Nolan’s action directing is rather hard to keep up with (fight scenes are a blur, only the key car battle involving the underground Gotham streets had any decent appearance).

    Have to admit, Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale) has been the best director outside of Guy Hamilton. They ought to see about getting him back for the next one.

  • Pat Mustard

    Have to admit, Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale) has been the best director outside of Guy Hamilton. They ought to see about getting him back for the next one.

    Seconded.

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