He’s one of the most influential directors to come from the fair shores of Britain, racking up iconic movies left, right, and centre.
And it seems that Danny Boyle’s CV (and presumably box office appeal) haven’t gone unnoticed by the execs behind the James Bond film franchise, as he’s reportedly their main target to helm the 25th film.
Daniel Craig is already on board to reprise his role as 007, and with the time-frame for the new film hitting our screens tentatively touted for 2019 it seems that MGM and Eon are looking to get a man in the director’s chair.
Insiders claim the 61-year-old film maker is high on their list, though they also say that no formal offer has yet been made, according to Variety.
It’s not the first time that the man behind Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting has attracted the attention of Bond execs, as he was eyed-up for both Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).
Another man in the line of sight, supposedly, is White Boy Rick and ’71 director Yann Demange.
Sam Mendes directed the previous two installments, which became the highest-grossing films in the series, with Skyfall bringing in £788.1 million globally and Spectre which pulled in £630 million.
Mendes said after the most recent Bond movie that he would not continue directing films in the 007 series, and Eon and MGM have spent considerable time figuring out the direction in which the new film will need to go.
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Most recently Dark Knight and Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan ruled himself out of heading up the next Bond film, dashing hopes that he’d bring his special touch to the franchise.
Daniel Craig has signed on for Bond 25 in what is thought to be a two movie deal, meaning he will stay on for another final stint.
But despite this news there’s still much hype about who will be taking over the role, with the latest hot favourite being named as Daniel Kaluuya.
He joins the likes of Tom Hardy and James Norton in the running for picking up that coveted license to kill.
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