Nolan Honored, 007 Not Moving

Last Wednesday night in the UK saw BAFTA, the Critish Film Institute, honor Oppenheimer director filmmaker Christopher Nolan with the Fellowship Award. This was an event that featured many British film stars and executives, including Tom Hiddlestone and Kenneth Brannagh, alongside many Hollywood faces who had flown in for the event.


Participating in a live Q&A at the event, Nolan was asked whether he would consider making a straight-up horror movie. His response:

“I think horror films are very interesting because they depend on very cinematic devices, it really is about a visceral response to things and so, at some point, I’d love to make a horror film.

But I think a really good horror film requires a really exceptional idea. And those are few and far between. So I haven’t found a story that lends itself to that.

But I think it’s a very interesting genre from a cinematic point of view. It’s also one of the few genres where the studios make a lot of these films, and they are films that have a lot of bleakness, a lot of abstraction.

They have a lot of the qualities that Hollywood is generally very resistant to putting in films, but that’s a genre where it’s allowable.”

Nolan has been strongly tipped to be involved in the world of 007 as they re-cast that character. In attendance at the event was James Bond franchise runner and EON Productions lead Barbara Broccoli. Speaking with Baz Bamigboye, of the Daily Mail, she repeated the mantra that there is no movement on the new 007 adventure yet:

“There’s nothing I can tell you about the next Bond film. There’s nothing. Nothing is happening yet.”

This is now more than two years after Daniel Craig’s final outing No Time To Die was released, and four years since it was shot then delayed by COVID. I think we speak for everyone when we say – get your fingers out!

Broccoli’s attendance was noted by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who referenced her and Bond in his speech, saying:

“…if you’re looking for someone with conflict experience, a strong track record of handling evil villains, or indeed someone who is comfortable with the risk of being replaced in a few years, then I’m your man.”

Showing a sense of humor that he needs to push to the fore, as he is generally considered to be failing to connect with British voters in an election year, he also joked that he was recently mistakenly for Hollywood actor Timothée Chalamet:

“At least, I think that’s why they were shouting Wonka at me as I walked down the street.”


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