While Bond 25 was ready to go with a new and exciting team, the film has now hit a major set back just a few months before shooting. In the beginning, this film was a big question to begin with. Not only was Sam Mendes, who directed the last two installments, but we weren’t sure who was going to play Bond. Luckily, last year saw everything fall into place as Craig signed on for one last entry and director Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs) signed on for the project, which instantly gave fans some major hope. Well, sadly, fans can once again go into a state of question as Boyle has left the film.
The news broke early yesterday that Boyle, who has been openly excited about taking over the latest entry in such a prestigious franchise, has left the project due to “creative differences,” which was announced by star/producer Daniel Craig and longtime franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.
It was clear from the very beginning, when Boyle and his longtime writing partner John Hodge came aboard the project, it was a personal pitch. It was a pitch that pushed the current script (written by longtime Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade) into the shadows. It was reported that Boyle and Hodge’s script was a completely different take on the character, which isn’t a surprise as the two worked together on films like Trainspotting and its sequel. While not always fantastic, Boyle’s films are always interesting, but could the “different” take on the character be the ultimate decision behind parting ways?
I’m not sure we’ll ever know the exact reason as to why Boyle has left the project, it just sucks that he did. He brings something incredible to every one of his projects, something I was very much looking forward to with a character like Bond. No official word has been announced for a new director, but if they want to stick to the schedule that’s suppose to start in November, they’ll need to work quickly. It’s also expected that they will return to the original script and scrap whatever work Boyle and Hodge had been working on.
I was hoping to see Craig’s, who I believe is the best Bond we’ve ever had, final time as the character to be a good one, but sadly it’s not off to a good star. What do you think of this news? Is this a huge letdown or are you excited to see a new director attached? Do you want to see another Craig Bond? Sound off in the comments below.