After months of rumours, this is the bit of news Bond fans have been waiting for: British director Danny Boyle admitted to helming the next James Bond Film to a reporter of free daily newspaper Metro at the launch of his new FX show ‘Trust’ yesterday evening.
In a story published on the Metro website today, reporter Gregory Wakeman states that Boyle had “made this admission to me on Wednesday night at a special screening of his new FX show “Trust” at New York’s Florence Gould Hall Theater.”
The devil is, however, in the detail. Boyle, renowned for films such as ‘Trainspotting’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ or ’28 Days Later’, also said that he is currently working on a script together with John Hodge and “it all depends on that really. 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 this still reads like an if situation, it is the first piece of real news on such an important matter. What this means for the script that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been writing on the past year is unclear. When the release date for ‘Bond25’ was announced in July 2017, it was also confirmed that the screenwriting duo behind all Daniel Craig films would deliver a script. At the end of February 2018, it was revealed, that screenwriter John Hodge was also working on a script idea, prompting fans to immediately make the connection to a possible involvement by Danny Boyle.
The final say in the matter is usually with EON Productions and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Academy Award winner Danny Boyle however seems a favoured choice by many, including the large Bond fan base. He landed a brilliant coup with his 2012 Olympic film that featured Daniel Craig and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. – the first time ever that the reigning British monarch has appeared in a scripted scene.
Apart from Danny Boyle directing Bond 25, fans hope for a return of five-time Bond composer David Arnold who has previously worked with Boyle on ‘A Life Less Ordinary’ in 1997 before scoring ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ that same year.
According to the Metro article, Boyle stated that he is also engaged in other projects that could push the start of production for Bond 25 to the end of 2017. “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.”
Interesting times ahead…