The name’s Boyle, Danny Boyle. It is the news that many of us expected, but it is very nice to now have it confirmed. In a press release issued by EON Productions on the morning of 25th May, 2018, it has been officially confirmed that Danny Boyle will be the director on Bond 25, which will commence shooting in December this year, with Daniel Craig reprising his iconic role as 007 for the fifth time.
The new movie will be based on an original screenplay by John Hodge, who has previously worked with Boyle on films such as Trainspotting. EON Productions and MGM studios have reached an agreement with Universal Pictures to partner on the worldwide release of the 25th entry in the franchise. Production on the film is set to begin on 3rd December, 2018, at Pinewood Studios, the traditional production home of the series.
In the official press release, EON Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said: ‘We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will direct Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th instalment of the franchise’.
Bond is Back
As the JBIFC noted in our recent May, 2018, Newsletter, despite the uncertainty of recent months over the future of MGM, EON had taken the view that it should be business as usual and planning on the 25th movie had gone ahead. In other possible news developments, one (unconfirmed) rumour claims that Bond stunt veteran Vic Armstrong, who last worked on the franchise for Die Another Day (2002), is returning to the series to handle the direction of the stunt-work on Boyle’s new 007 production. We very much doubt this is the case. The news about Pinewood, however, is very reassuring.
All systems go! Welcome back, Mr. Bond – we’ve been expecting you. Watch this space for further exciting 007 news in the near future.