Danny Boyle confirms James Bond director job

Rumours began last month that Danny was the top choice to succeed Sam Mendes as the new Bond director.

Danny Boyle has confirmed he and his writing partner are working on a script for the next James Bond movie.

Last month (Feb18) the filmmaker’s name was linked to the next 007 film, the 25th instalment in the British espionage franchise.

Asked whether there was any truth to speculation he would be helming the next Bond movie at a New York preview screening of his new TV show Trust on Wednesday (14Mar18), Danny confirmed he and his long-time collaborator, the screenwriter John Hodge, were thrashing out a screenplay.

"We are working on a script right now," he told America's Metro newspaper. "And it all depends on that really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in six or seven weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now."

John and Danny previously worked together on films including Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and The Beach.

In February, editors at Variety reported that 61-year-old Slumdog Millionaire director was at the top of Bond bosses' wish list to direct the forthcoming Bond film, which is widely believed to be Daniel Craig's last as the super spy.

Revealing that he and John already had some inspiration for the plot, Danny added: "We've got an idea, John Hodge, the screenwriter, and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment. And it all depends on how it turns out. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away."

Simon Beaufoy, who wrote Trust, which centres on the abduction of oil heir John Paul Getty III, said he didn't envy Danny's workload, but added that the Oscar winner would excel in putting his own spin on the Bond franchise after Sam Mendes' two films, Skyfall and Spectre.

"I can see Danny punching a few holes in the way that those Bond films are made," he explained. "It will be really exciting."

The British filmmaker has already directed Daniel as Bond once before, when they filmed a skit which also featured Queen Elizabeth II for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

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