While rumors keep spinning around about the new James Bond movie, which will be the twenty-fifth in the franchise, one thing is certain: Tom Hardy is definitely interested in taking over the coveted role. How do we know this? By his refusal to discuss the matter.
In an interview with the Daily Beast, when asked about the role Hardy responded by explaining an unspoken rule from the acting world, saying “if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race.” However, he did not shy away from commenting on a possible director choice, most notably mentioning Christopher Nolan’s name. He followed up his comment that Nolan would be “a fantastic director for a Bond movie” by calling him “a very powerful figure to bring into that world who could bring something new and create something profound.”
So far, Nolan has not shed a lot of light on the situation. When asked by BBC’s Stephen Smith whether or not he would be interested, he vaguely responded that it’s a “great franchise” that “seems to be doing fine” without him. Nolan then elaborated, definitively ending conversation on the topic by saying “it’s not a no, but it’s not a yes.”
Although the last franchise film that Nolan worked on was The Dark Night Rises (2012), he is still no stranger to big-budget, action-packed movies like Bond, having directed Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014), and Dunkirk (2017) in recent years as well. For this reason, he might just be the perfect choice to fill in the big shoes left by past Bond director Sam Mendes. However, his desire to do so remains unclear for the time being.