UPDATE (12:20 p.m.): IMDb has now stripped out Syncopy from its list of companies involved with Bond 25. Fixing an error, or covering tracks?
The Internet Movie Database created a buzz the past 24 hours when it listed director Christopher Nolan’s Syncopy production company as being part of Bond 25.
Phil Nobile Jr., a writer for the Birth.Movies.Death website put out a tweet yesterday with a screen capture from the professional (paid subscription) part of IMDb. He struck a sarcastic tone. «IMDbPro – because this is totally info worth paying for.»
Regardless, the buzz was reinforced this morning when @Bond25Film on Twitter said it received a confirmation from IMDb that the information was correct.
Nobile came out with a follow-up post. «For the record, I bet this is not true. I also think that, if it’s true, this is a TERRIBLE idea,» Nobile wrote. Nolan’s stamp on Batman «is one of the most asexual in the business, and the world of James Bond is a sensual, sensuous one.»
Nolan’s name surfaced for a time as a possible director of Spectre before Sam Mendes returned to the 007 director’s chair.
The thing about Nolan and Syncopy is you don’t just get a director. You get a group of associates, including Emma Thomas, Nolan’s wife who produces his films. Eon Productions doesn’t normally do co-productions. Thunderball was an exception because Kevin McClory held the film rights and he became Eon’s partner for the one film.
Nolan also likes to write his own movies. Whatever progress has been made toward hashing out a Bond 25 story would likely be rewritten by Nolan if he were the director.
In January, there was a brief spell of Nolan fever among 007 fans. That took place after actor Tom Hardy (an acting regular in Nolan films) said he’d like to play James Bond with Nolan directing. As usual, we’ll see.