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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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