Before Cary Fukunaga took over the project, the last James Bond film “Can wait to die” was to be directed by Danny Boyle, who was removed from the project in August 2018 over “artistic differences”. In a long interview given to “Esquire”, the director of “Trainspotting” provided details on the project he had for the famous secret agent.
Danny Boyle – James Bond, the missed appointment
When it was announced on August 21, 2018, that Danny Boyle was leaving his post as director of the 25th James Bond film, a small twinge in my heart was felt. A very talented English director, famous for films like Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, or Slumdog MillionaireDanny Boyle would have followed Sam Mendes, at the controls of Sky Fall and Spectrum. An ideal continuity and the “take” of a new director emeritus for the franchise, and could augur a new high-flying James Bond film. Following “artistic differences”, he, therefore, leaves the place free, which Cary Fukunaga takes in September 2018.
In the few pieces of information and rumors that circulated on this occasion, it appeared that his idea of killing Bond had not convinced Barbara Broccoli. However, it is fate that Dying can wait for reserves for him, and the explanation probably lies elsewhere. In remarks reported by the magazine Esquirewhich devotes a large portrait to him, Danny Boyle developed what he then intended to offer.
A film set in Russia and a return to origins
Arrived on the project with its historical screenwriter John Hodge, Danny Boyle had a real vision, considered “extraordinary” by part of the production team, in particular production designer Mark Tildesley. The director says:
I remember thinking, “Do I really have to join a franchise?” Because they don’t really want anything different. They expect a refresh from you, but not a real overhaul, and we wanted to do something different. It’s strange – it would have been perfectly relevant today – but everything had to take place in Russia, where James Bond comes from, that is to say from the Cold War. It would have been Russia today, with a return to its origins. And the producers just lost faith in the idea. It’s really a pity.
If he saw Dying can wait and is satisfied with the conclusion offered by the film, he resents the production a bit for having kept one of the ideas he brought with John Hodge.
The idea that they took and developed differently was that of the child of James Bond, an idea that John Hodge had come up with and which was terrific.
When asked if he could be the director of a future James Bond film, Esquire clarifies that Danny Boyle replied with a “slight” smile: “I do not think so.“It would thus seem that the separation was not made on the best terms…