I suspect that in the years to come, quite a few Bond fans will look back wonder what it would have been like had Danny Boyle gotten to make his version of Bond 25. After all, there was a fair amount of intrigue and excitement over what the Trainspotting director could bring to longtime Bond actor Daniel Craig’s final turn as Agent 007 before Boyle departed from the project last year and was replaced by Cary Joji Fukunaga shortly after. I think it’s just in our nature as fans to wonder about those “What If?” possibilities when they arise- just look at how many DCU fans have wondered what Ben Affleck’s Batman solo film might have been like had things turned out differently.
In a new article from Empire, Boyle finally weighed on his departure from Bond 25 and his experiences from the project and how he “learned quite a lot about himself” working on the film. He said, “What John [Hodge] and I were doing, I thought, was really good. It wasn’t finished, but it could have been really good.”
“We were working very, very well, but they didn’t want to go down that route with us,” Boyle explained further and noted that there was no bad blood between him and his successor on the film. “So we decided to part company, and it would be unfair to say what it was because I don’t know what Cary [Joji Fukunaga] is going to do. I got a very nice message from him and I gave him my best wishes… It is just a great shame.”
If nothing else, it’s nice to hear that Boyle and Fukunaga both were quite classy with one another over this process. Both are gifted filmmakers in their own right and I look forward to seeing what Fukunaga brings to Craig’s swansong when it arrives in theaters next year.
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