It’s no coincidence that Inception is being marketed as “James Bond meets The Matrix. Speaking to the BBC at the UK premiere of Inception, Christopher Nolan spoke about the Bond effect:
“The Bond influence on the film was very intentional because, for me, growing up with the Bond films — they’ve always stood for grand-scale action….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.”
I know, I know. It’s just a random quote and doesn’t mean anything. But then again, if anyone could get the Bond ball rolling again it just might be Nolan. There’s no doubt in my mind Inception will be huge at the box office and combined with the success of The Dark Knight the director will likely be able to cast his net anywhere he chooses. Regardless of MGM’s financial trouble and reports of Bond being canceled, Nolan could be in just the right position to restart the ball rolling. Just the idea gets my heart pounding erratically.
And hey, while I’m dreaming big I may as well hope for a more charismatic Bond than Daniel Craig. (I’m thinking tall, blond Swede.)