If there's one thing that is very, very, very clear, it's that "Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan loves James Bond.

Ever since he decided to do massive movies, he has included sequences that could have been lifted directly from one of the dashing adventures of Britain's most suave superspy. Nolan knows how to mimic James Bond set pieces in tone and intensity. There's the Hong Kong sequence from "The Dark Knight," the whole third act of "Inception" (with the snow fort, which seems to have been a hodgepodge lift of various Bond tropes), and the opening sequence of "The Dark Knight Rises," which had more jaw-dropping spectacle than all of "Quantum of Solace" combined.

Now, Nolan may get his chance to do a 007 entry himself.

According to the UK paper the Daily Mail (so please, find the biggest grain of salt you can and take it), "informal talks have begun" between Nolan and the Bond powers that be -- namely producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson -- for him to helm the next chapter in the franchise.

After the worldwide critical and commercial success of "Skyfall," it was assumed Sam Mendes would be game to direct another Bond outing, but commitments to theatrical productions, as well as the exhausting amount of effort that it takes to get a Bond movie off the ground, sidelined those plans. It would be fascinating if the series entered an "auteur" phase, with big name directors, known for their singular artistic visions, took on a series known for its workmanlike dexterity more than its creative adventurousness.

Right now Nolan is in the middle of prepping "Interstellar," his big-budget space exploration film that will star Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, and (of course) Michael Caine. That film will be out on November 7th, 2014. It's unclear whether Nolan would have the time (or the energy) to jump from one gigantic project to the next, but we're crossing our fingers that this isn't simply tabloid chatter.

[via Daily Mail]
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