After lots of speculation and rumors about him potentially landing the coveted director’s chair for Bond 25, Danny Boyle has finally confirmed his involvement with the picture. His name popped up in the last few months as someone who was being eyed for the position, and as the guy who would pick up the baton passed on by Sam Mendes- who directed both Skyfall and Spectre.
At a special screening for his new FX series Trust, Boyle said the following to members of the press about his upcoming stint as the director of the as-yet-untitled Bond 25:
“We are working on a script right now. And it all depends on that really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in 6 or 7 weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now.”
He also revealed that he has brought long-time collaborator John Hodge onto the project to work with him on the script. The two have a cinematic history that includes The Beach and Trainspotting:
“We’ve got an idea, John Hodge, the screenwriter, and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment. And it all depends on how it turns out. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away.”
While it’s totally unknown which direction they plan to take the James Bond series in, it should be clear that- in some way, shape or form- they’ll have to build on the work of Mendes. After all, they’re inheriting current series star Daniel Craig as 007. If this were a situation like the one director Martin Campbell found himself in- twice– where he’s introducing the world to a new actor as Bond and, thus, soft-rebooting the property, you could imagine they’d have way more creative liberty. Campbell had that kind of liberty when he gave handled the debut of Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye, and then again when he ushered Craig into MI6 with Casino Royale.
Still, Boyle is known as more of an auteur. A director with an indie pedigree who likes to take risks and tell stories with great creative verve and originality. So maybe he and Hodge will find a way to shake things up with Bond 25 despite having the confines of this current 007 continuity that were firmly established by Mendes in the last two films.
What do you think? Is Danny Boyle the man for the job? What’s your interest level for Bond 25 like, now that you know who’ll be guiding the Aston Martin on its next mission?