Back in 2018, Danny Boyle was in line to direct the 25th Bond movie. This was good news and quite a few people were excited about the prospect. It would have seen Daniel Craig pairing up with the director of movies like Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and 127 Hours, to name just a few.
A year or so later, due to “creative differences” with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, Boyle was out and Cary Fukunaga was in. The differences rumored to be all about James Bond’s eventual demise in the 25th movie. Boyle said about leaving the project:
“[I’m] not really cut out [for franchises]. I work in partnership with writers and I am not prepared to break it up.”
Recently Boyle was asked about his plans in an interview with Esquire UK, revealing that he wanted his 007 to go back to his roots and tell a story with links back to Bond’s earlier origins, set in Russia.
“I remember thinking, ‘Should I really get involved in franchises?’ Because they don’t really want something different, they want you to freshen it up a bit, but not really challenge it, and we wanted to do something different with it.”
“Weirdly — it would have been very topical now — it was all set in Russia, which is of course where Bond came from, out of the Cold War. It was set in present-day Russia and went back to his origins, and they just lost, what’s the word… they just lost confidence in it. It was a shame really.”
It was a shame. Boyle frequently does deliver a movie you’re not quite expecting, so it would have been interesting. He was asked if he might direct a new Bond, but his answer was:
“I don’t think so.”
He did offer his insight on who might make a good Bond of the future though, stating either Robert Pattison or British Actor Paapa Essiedu, who is best known for his breakout role in I May Destroy You.