With Daniel Craig not yet confirmed for the next James Bond film, there’s the obvious question as to where the franchise will go next – try and get him back for one last outing in the role despite “Spectre” seemingly closing off his run, or start over once again with someone else in the role.
With director Sam Mendes also out, the topic has widened to include potential directors as well with numerous names being floated about. One combination that has come up in all the rampant speculation has been Christopher Nolan re-teaming with his “Inception,” “Dunkirk” and “The Dark Knight Rises” star Tom Hardy as 007.
The Daily Beast recently asked Hardy for his opinion as to whom he would like to direct the next Bond film and whether he would be keen on playing Bond in the future. He shied away from speaking about the role for himself, but did praise the idea of a Nolan-helmed Bond:
“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 (Craig) 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.”
The next Bond film, the 25th in the series, has not yet scheduled a production start date though if it holds to trend it would go into production at the end of the year for a late 2018 release.