He’s a director that has been established as a visionary from as far back as his second full-length feature Memento, and proved again and again with his Batman trilogy that he had many tricks up his sleeve. And though I’ve somewhat tarnished my personal view of the infallibility of Inception, I can’t escape that it’s a visual bravado of a film. And if you’ll notice, there are a few recurring motifs in Nolan’s writing that just make him perfect for the James Bond franchise. And, though it’s well-documented on the Internet, Nolan’s not been afraid to be vocal about his love for James Bond.
“I’ve loved the Bond films since I was a kid. For me, they’re always about the expansiveness of cinema. The first Bond films set up infinite possibilities about the world they create. I’d love to do a Bond film.”
Short, sweet, and to the point. So, what makes Nolan so perfect as a director for this franchise?
With the “hot off the press” news that Nolan has been approached by the Bond producers over directing 007′s next outing, here’s four reasons why he is the perfect man for the job…
4. A Rich Man Saves the Day
Now, I’m not saying that this is an easy way out of a lot of predicaments, but let’s be completely honest here: it’s an easy way out of a lot of predicaments. In fact, looking at Nolan’s filmography, 5 of his 8 films employ the use of a character who is, for lack of a better choice of words, disgustingly rich.
“Alfred, if this movie doesn’t go as planned, buy it and change it.”
And they’re all his recent films. In the first Batman Begins, when Bruce Wayne is notified by a waiter of a restaurant that Wayne’s guests are being disruptive and swimming in the scenery of the establishment, Wayne doesn’t bat an eye as he writes a check and hands it to the man, informing him that he is now buying the restaurant. In The Prestige, we come to find out that Robert Angier comes from a very rich family, and that is how he’s able not only to buy Tesla’s machine, but to manage a double-life after his “death” as a rich aristocrat.
“Well, hold on, though. Batman is a billionaire in the comics, and The Prestige is based on a book. It’s not Nolan’s fault that those characters are rich.” You’re absolutely right. However, when it comes to Inception, a completely original Nolan production, he manages to bypass quite the obstacle of getting a location to set up the inception on board a plane. Luckily for him, there’s a character with gobs of money who’s able to lean back and innocently smirk as he says, “I bought the airline. It seemed neater.”
“I also purchased your children while you weren’t looking.”
And since James Bond has Queen and Country on his side, he’s able to get away with quite the expense at Britain’s…well, expense. Remember that great scene in Quantum of Solace (as you should, it wasn’t ripe with them by any means) where the agent is set to live in a dingy hotel under the alias that he and Strawberry Fields are “teachers on sabbatical?” If you recall, that doesn’t bode well with Bond, so they travel to a five-star hotel, Bond walks up the receptionist and explains, “Hello. We’re teachers on sabbatical. And we’ve just won the lottery.”
Classic Bond. Classic Nolan.
This article was first posted on May 17, 2013