Seriously, the love I have for the James Bond franchise could fill up the Grand Canyon. The series is what got me into filmmaking, it bonded me with my father, and I just really love the concept of a superspy and espionage way too much. I also happen to admire Danny Boyle’s filmmaking so this latest news is like listening to Adele’s Skyfall theme on repeat.
Daniel Craig looks to wrap up his tenure as James Bond with the franchise’s upcoming 25th film and it has been announced the director behind Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, and Steve Jobs among his stacked filmography will be the next one to helm the adventures of 007 himself.
Frequent collaborator John Hodge is writing the screenplay, which Boyle confirmed their involvement in a recent interview, saying:
We’ve got an idea [for Bond 25], 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.
Boyle beat out some pretty stiff competition in the form of Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049), David MacKenzie (Hell or High Water), and Yann Demange (Dead Set).
Boyle’s unique style and approach could breathe some new life into the franchise after Sam Mendes took over directing duties of the previous two films, Skyfall and Spectre, both to varying degrees of reception. Boyle has shown a flair for action in the past with some of his films and certainly fills out another requirement of being British given his Manchester roots.
Honestly, after Blade Runner 2049, Villeneuve would have been my top pick, but I am ecstatic about Boyle coming aboard to add to the lore of James Bond.
What’s your reaction to the decision? Who would you want to take on the next Bond adventure? Let us know in the comments!