Saturday, June 22, 2024

Oscar Winner Danny Boyle No Longer Directing New James Bond Movie: Sam Mendes Coming Back?


Oscar winner Danny Boyle is out as the director of James Bond 25.

Producers Barbara Broccoli, Michael Wilson, and star Daniel Craig announced Boyle’s departure “due to creative differences” on Twitter early this afternoon.

The film is in pre-production, which means there won’t be too much leeway getting a replacement. The obvious choice is Sam Mendes, director of the last two Bond movies, “Skyfall” and “Spectre.”

Boyle won the Oscar for “Slumdog Millionaire” and is highly regarded for many other films including “127 Hours” and “Trainspotting.”

Boyle is also involved in a Richard Curtis project that includes the Beatles’ music.

When I saw him a few months ago, Boyle said he was ready to direct Bond but was waiting for a script. Not long after, he was announced as the director.

So stay tuned. Will Mendes return? Will the Bond team find someone else? And why has there been such a flurry of activity around Idris Elba when Craig was already announced? Is the whole film in jeopardy again?

It’s a case for James Bond! The producers sound shaken, if not stirred.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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