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James Bond Rumors – Danny Boyle Reportedly Wanted to Kill Off James Bond
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Until August, Danny Boyle, the Academy Award-winning director behind Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting, was slated to write and direct the next James Bond film, known as Bond 25. Then, with the speed of a tweet, Boyle was gone.
“Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25,” Bond’s official Twitter account said on August 21.
What those creative differences were has been the topic of myriad speculation since the news broke. The Telegraph suggested at the time that Craig and Boyle disagreed over the next Bond villain. According to the British newspaper, Boyle wanted Tomasz Kot, star of the film Cold War, to play the bad guy opposite Craig. But none of that was confirmed.
This week, a new rumor emerged about why Boyle left the film: He wanted to kill off James Bond. What makes this report all the more interesting is it directly contradicts a rumor from last summer that said Craig and Barbara Broccoli, who’s producing Bond 25, were eager to see the character die.
Now let’s take all of this with an enormous grain of salt. The publication reporting this is the U.K.’s Daily Star, a supermarket tabloid. No one else has confirmed it, and my emails to Boyle’s agents in the U.S. and U.K. were not returned Tuesday morning. Someone described as a “source in Los Angeles” told the Daily Star: “Boyle thought that killing 007 would be a brilliant way to pave the way for introducing a new Bond.” Broccoli and Craig supposedly didn’t like the idea.
It seems clear, given all the rumors over the last many months, that there was discussion around killing off the Bond character. Bond 25, which now has the working title Shatterhand, will be Craig’s final turn as 007, so it makes sense that Boyle or Broccoli and Craig would want to give him a dramatic send off. But James Bond, the character, has never died. He’s had close calls in the movies. In Diamonds Are Forever, he’s put in a casket and nearly cremated. In On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, a bullet intended for Bond misses him and hits his newlywed wife. (A 2013 report in the New Scientist magazine said 4,662 shots have been fired at Bond and 130 attempts have been made on his life.) Given that history, killing off Bond—even if it’s a fresh idea meant to clear the path for a new actor—seems extreme.