It appears directing a James Bond film was a mission director Danny Boyle could not accept.
The official 007 account announced Tuesday that Boyle, director of Trainspotting and the Academy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire, has left the twenty-fifth James Bond film produced by EON productions. The account cited “creative differences” as the reason.
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
Fans immediately tweeted back suggesting director Christopher Nolan — who has let it be known he would love to make a Bond movie — and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell as worthy replacements. Considering her work on recent seasons of Doctor Who, I’d suggest Rachel Talalay as well. Traditionally, Bond directors are British-born, but that has not stopped people from also suggesting Mission: Impossible alums J.J. Abrams and Christopher McQuarrie.
Meanwhile, I’ll admit I am not a huge fan of Boyle and was never excited to see him in charge of a Bond film. Also, I always wondered how EON expected him to mount such a major production with a November, 2019 release date in such a short amount of time. Perhaps that schedule also proved to be part of the “creative differences” cited by the producers. Now that he is gone, it is possible EON will have to give up that release date as they search for a new director and reassess the tight production window.
For the moment, though, Bond 25 is still set for release on November 8th, 2019