The fact is the development process of Bond 25 has been more tumultuous than usual, and those familiar with the Bond franchise certainly know it’s been no stranger to drama over the decades.
Initially, for the Spectre sequel, the Bond producers were looking at hiring a fresh-faced talent to direct, with filmmakers like Yann Demange (’71) and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) reportedly making the shortlist.
But a last-minute pitch by Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire director, Danny Boyle spurred the producers to change direction and hire Boyle to take the helm of Bond 25, using an original story he hatched with writer John Hodge (Trainspotting).
Boyle and Hodge got to work as Boyle shot his musical Yesterday, but last August Boyle left the film abruptly over creative differences. The producers subsequently hired Cary Joji Fukunaga to take over and the script is reportedly being overhauled by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion), but now Boyle is speaking out about the experience for the first time.
He said: “I learned quite a lot about myself with Bond. I work in partnership with writers and I am not prepared to break it up. We were working very, very well but they didn’t want to go down that route with us. So we decided to part company, and it would be unfair to say what it was because I don’t know what Cary [Fukunaga] is going to do. I got a very nice message from him and I gave him my best wishes. It is just a great shame. What John [Hodge] and I were doing, I thought, was really good. It wasn’t finished, but it could have been really good. You have to believe in your process and part of that is the partnership I have with a writer. It is like someone coming and saying, ‘Hey, we are going to give you a different editor.’ Those fundamental partnerships are vital.”
By Damilola Faustino