‘They just lost confidence in it’ – Danny Boyle talks his lost James Bond movie

Danny Boyle has opened up about the plans he had for James Bond before he left the set of No Time To Die.

In February 2018, Boyle signed on to direct what was then the 25th untitled James Bond film, but left in August of that year after a dispute over the film’s script. He was replaced by True Detective Cary creator Joji Fukunaga in the director’s chair on what became No Time To Die.

In the weeks following Boyle’s departure from the film, a number of rumors swirled about why. Some have suggested Boyle insisted on Cold War star Tomasz Kot playing the villain, something 007 Eon producers were blocking. While Boyle, when asked about it, attributed his departure to arguments over the film’s script and did not go into details.

Now speaking to Esquire ahead of the debut of Pistol, his lavish new Hulu/Disney Plus TV show about the rise and fall of legendary punk rockers The Sex Pistols, Boyle revealed his plot for 007 would have seen the agent secret heading to Russia.

Russia? Really?

In effect. Boyle has now revealed that he was excited to take the gig to begin with, but plans to take James Bond back “…to his origins”. He went on to say that he and screenwriter John Hodge, who he and Boyle worked with on six of his 13 feature films, had planned a very different take on 007, which ultimately scared producers off.

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Boyle said: “I remember thinking, ‘Do I really have to get involved in franchises? Because they don’t really want anything different. They want you to refresh it a bit, but not really challenge it, and we wanted to do something different with it. Strangely – it would have been very topical now – everything was ready in Russia, where of course Bond comes from, from the Cold War. It’s set in present-day Russia and goes back to its origins, and they just lost, what’s the word…they just lost faith in it.”

He revealed that a key plot point from Hodge’s script survived…

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time to Die

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A lasting reminder…

Be warned, there are now spoilers for No Time To Die if you haven’t seen it already.

Another rumor that circulated after Boyle’s departure from the film was the idea that the director had wanted to end the film by killing off James Bond, which the producers would not accept. However, as anyone who has seen No Time To Die will attest, that is exactly what happens.

Boyle added that the idea of ​​Bond having a child, as he does in No Time To Die in the form of his daughter Mathilde – a product of his relationship with Léa Seydoux’s Dr. Madeleine Swann – came from Hodge.

He said: “The idea that they used in a different way was that of [James Bond’s] child, who [Hodge] introduced [and which] was wonderful.”

What’s next for Danny Boyle?

Johnny Rotten and Company Watch Someone Off-Camera in FX Pistol Miniseries

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Gun. The drama follows the ups and downs of legendary punk rockers The Sex Pistols and will premiere exclusively on Hulu in the US and on Disney Plus in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore on May 31.

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Based on Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, the memoir of former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, the show was written by Craig Pearce, who co-wrote three films with Baz Luhrmann. Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, Westworld’s Talulah Riley and The Maze Runner’s Thomas Brodie-Sangster are among the cast. Boyle directed all six episodes of the limited series.

If you fancy catching up on No Time To Die, it and the entire 007 catalog are now on Prime Video, but only in the UK.

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