Since Sam Mendes confirmed he will not being staying on after Spectre to direct 'Bond 25', speculation as to who will fill the chair is almost as frenzied as the question of who will replace Daniel Craig should he decided to leave.
The latest name to be linked is Christoper Nolan, after his production company, Syncopy, was spotted on IMDB Pro as having the next 007 listed as a 'project in development'.
This alone proves nothing, but it's interesting given Nolan has more than once gone on record as being a fan of the films and given his experience handling not major blockbusters but rebooting much-loved franchise – the most obvious being Batman.
'The Dark Knight' trilogy went even further than that by transforming superhero movies as a genre - some would say regrettably, given the decade-long spate of pseudo-intellectual, tortured man in a cape garbage it spawned – but whatever you think of them, those films proved Nolan is a director not afraid to go in a completely new direction, something Bond has always periodically needed.
For now though, like everything to do with 'Bond 25', it's just pure speculation. But if Nolan's forthcoming Dunkirk is as good as everyone is hoping, the idea of him leading 007 into a new era will become an even more tantalising one.