No Time to Die director Cary Fukunaga brought Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007 to a close last year. It was Danny Boyle, however, who was originally set to helm Craig’s swan song.
In a new interview with Esquire (opens in new tab), Boyle – who departed the project in 2019 – has revealed a rough outline on what his James Bond movie would have entailed.
“I remember thinking, ‘Should I really get involved in franchises?’ Because they don’t really want something different. They want you to freshen it up a bit, but not really challenge it, and we wanted to do something different with it,” Boyle said.
On the plot itself, Boyle revealed, “It would have been very topical now – it was all set in Russia, which is of course where Bond came from, out of the Cold War. It was set in present-day Russia and went back to his origins, and they… just lost confidence in it.”
Despite the creative split, Boyle – like the rest of us – still has his picks for who should play the next James Bond. In his sights? I May Destroy You’s Paapa Essiedu or The Batman’s Robert Pattinson, who Boyle says would “be a great Bond.”
No word yet on who will be next to step into the tuxedo of the world’s most famous secret agent. Producer Barbara Broccoli previously told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme (opens in new tab) in 2021 that the search for the next Bond will get underway “next year.”
While we wait with bated breath on who will leave us shaken and stirred – check out our ranking of the best James Bond movies.