UPDATE: Christopher Nolan has told the BBC that, to him, James Bond is one of the great characters in contemporary fiction. Speaking before last night’s world premiere of his much anticipated Inception in London, Nolan said that 007 is a huge influence on his mental heist thriller. “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.”
Nolan also told the BBC that the James Bond movies had a strong influence on his new movie Inception, whose marketing campaign describes the pic as “James Bond meets The Matrix“. “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,” said Nolan who helmed The Dark Knight and Batman Begins. Like the Bond films, Inception was shot in various locations around the globe including Morocco, France, Japan and Canada. Nolan said the Bond films had always “stood for the promise of being taken to some place bigger than you could have imagined” and added: “In dealing with the human mind and dreams, my mind naturally gravitates towards the Bond films as that sort of expression of cinematic potential. By the end of the film you feel that Inception could go anywhere and do anything.”
Here’s great interview footage from the premiere with Nolan et al:
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