Around the same time that Daniel Craig agreed to return for the untitled Bond 25, Director Danny Boyle revealed his intentions to direct the project. After all, Boyle has been a long time fan of the 007 series, even including it in the 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in London, of which he directed. However, fast forward about 5 months and it looks like Daniel Craig will need a new M to his 007. According to a tweet from the official James Bond twitter, it has been announced that the Academy Award-winning director will no longer direct Bond 25.
Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25. pic.twitter.com/0Thl116eAd
— James Bond (@007) August 21, 2018
We’ll likely never know what those creative differences are, but losing out on a talented director like Boyle (28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Steve Jobs) is a major blow for a film franchise that has high expectations set with it being the 25th James Bond film and the last time Daniel Craig will ever mutter the words, “Bond, James Bond”. Plus, with a release date set around October 25, 2019, time is running short on finding Boyle’s replacement and meeting their production schedule.
The one reprieve of all this is that social media has stopped buzzing about who the next Bond will be. Instead, they’ve moved their focus to who will be the next Bond, with nominations ranging from Christopher Nolan to Martin Campbell to Kathryn Bigelow to a random Ridley Scott one, proving that the internet has no idea what it wants.
As soon as MGM and Eon Productions know who they want, we’ll have the name here on Cinelinx! Stay tuned!