Danny Boyle opens up to Esquire about his departure from Bond 25

The Trainspotting director talks about how the producers lost confidence in his vision for Bond.

Danny Boyle in 2017. Photo by Maximilian Bühn. Licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

We recently reported on comments made by Danny Boyle’s long term writing partner, John Hodge, regarding their sudden exit from the 25th James Bond film back in August 2018.

Now Danny Boyle has broken his silence. In an interview with Esquire to promote his new six-part TV show about the Sex Pistols, Boyle touches on the reasons for them leaving. At the time there were some tabloid reports that he had left because he insisted on killing Bond. And there were others that were the exact opposite. Obviously we now know that Daniel Craig insisted on killing off his iteration of 007.

Speaking about what was then just Bond 25 Boyle says:

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.

His reluctance to get involved seems curious considering he and Hodge are supposed to have pitched their idea to Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson. But they departed when the film was gearing up for filming just a few months later – soon delayed when Cary Fukunaga came on board – and sets were constructed in Canada and Pinewood that would never actually be used.

The one concept from Hodge’s script that did make the film was Bond’s child. However, maybe that is giving Hodge too much credit. At the end of the novel You Only Live Twice Kissy Suzuki is pregnant with Bond’s child, something later developed by Raymond Benson. And Paul Haggis wanted Bond to look after Vesper’s child in Quantum of Solace, an idea shot down by the producers.

Anyway, you can read the entire interview below.

Source: Esquire

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