There are lots of things I'd still like to do. I tend to think in terms of genre, I'd like to make a science fiction movie, I'd like to make something for my kids... a fantasy movie, a thriller – I've never made a thriller; I've done a Bond movie, but it's a different kind of thing. I'd like to make a Western, but at the end of the day, the thing that makes me want to make a film, whatever the genre, is the people in it, the human story. What will always attract me is human beings on a journey of some sort that captures me or reflects things that concern me. Even though you look across the movies I've made they're all different genres and all different kinds of styles. I hope the thing that unifies them is that there are people in there that they care about, and that there are a human story that grabs you, even in a Bond movie. And that was my criteria when I did Skyfall. I want to make Bond vulnerable, briefly, and that's hard when you know the character can't die (laughs). Until the last movie, of course... they fucking killed him (laughs). It's like: well, if you told me I could have killed him (laughs). Joking aside, you're making a movie about a character the audience knows is going to survive. How is that? The wonderful thrill of 1917, starting with two characters, and being able to say, the person you thought was the central character is gone, the feeling of the audience was extraordinary. And so that was partly in response to struggling with a character that had no danger that they were going to disappear. So yeah, I think the answer is there's lots of stories out there, there always will be as long as you're interested in humans and not in the spectacle.
I think it's worth saying, again, the nature of the story that, when I grew up, we were watching movies like Citizen Kane, or Casablanca or whatever, these movies had an ending that you remember; you remember the ending of Casablanca, you remember the ending of Citizen Kane. And that was the goal to achieve a perfect shape. And now, the goal is a beginning, a middle, and then another beginning. Because we want you to see the next movie, and the next movie, the next movie; there is no such thing as an ending, there is no satisfaction, there is only the creation of hunger for the next thing and that changes the nature of the story. And that goes for streaming as well. We don't want to end the story because we might want the second series and we might want to go to seventy episodes. So let's just not end it. Which makes you love things like The Sopranos where just boom! Down comes the guillotine. But it changes the way a lot of people think about the story. If it's successful, you can't kill Lester Burnham at the end of American Beauty. What if you want to make American Beauty 2? Let's keep him alive! (laughs). That's not a good movie. It's tricky to balance that and that's something that I would want to fight for.