With Sam Mendes long departed from the James Bond film series, the UK’s next best-respected filmmaker may end up sending 007 on his next assignment.
Trainspotting director Danny Boyle tells Metro New York that he is indeed working on Bond 25. “We’ve got an idea, John Hodge — the screenwriter — and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment,” he said. “And it all depends on how it turns out. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away.”
For months, Boyle has been considered the director most likely to succeed Mendes in helmming Daniel Craig’s final outing as Ian Flemming’s James Bond. But as Variety was quick to point out, MGM and EON Productions offered no comment confirming Boyle’s role and even the director himself indicated his participation may be incumbent on the quality of the script he and Hodge are writing. Then there’s also the scheduling issue.
Boyle told Metro he expects to be filming a script for Richard Curtis soon and that Bond would be “at the end of the year.” MGM scheduled the film for a November 2019 release, which is a razor-thin production schedule for something as complex as a Bond film. In fact, the lack of director for Bond 25 has always made its release date suspect. Who would want to develop and shoot something that quickly? Then again, maybe that’s the thrill for Boyle. A truly rough-and-tumble Bond outing — as opposed to Quantum of Solace‘s simulacrum of one — could be the shot in the arm the series needs after Mendes’s half-hearted Spectre.