Danny Boyle’s Abandoned James Bond Movie Story Revealed

Posted 2022/05/11 2 0

Danny Boyle has revealed some details about what his James Bond movie would have been about if he had stayed with the project.

Before there was No Time To Die, there seemed to be no time to make the James Bond movie that director Danny Boyle wanted to make. While there is no doubt that the Cary Fukunaga-directed swansong of Daniel Craig in the role of Bond went out with a bang, the film had a pretty rocky time getting there thanks to the Covid pandemic, and before that the departure of Boyle as director during the earlier stages of pre-production. Although there was certainly no doubting the credentials of Boyle to make a pretty solid movie, it seemed that his vision for Daniel Craig’s departure from the franchise just didn’t match what producers had in mind.

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Several months on from No Time To Die’s box office success and the devastating end to Craig’s run as Bond, Danny Boyle has now spoken about how he came to part ways with the project, and where his story would have taken the superspy. While there are many tried and tested formulas for James Bond movies, Boyle wanted to “do something different with it”, and his idea was to look at the origins of Bond, which would have been in a Russian setting. As reported by Indie Wire, Boyle said:

“Weirdly — 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, what’s the word… they just lost confidence in it. It was a shame really.”

Danny Boyle’s Vision For Bond Was Too Narrow For The Franchise

While there were some reports at the time suggested that the disagreement between Boyle and Bond producer Barbara Broccoli came down to Boyle’s plan to kill off the character, with that being the exact outcome of No Time To Die, it seems unlikely that was a sticking point. What seems to have stalled things with Boyle’s vision for Bond’s final outing was wanting to confine the story to Russia and deliver an internal drama around Bond’s origins.

Over the years, despite Bond’s start being in Cold War Russia, the spy has very rarely been confined to one location, and only occasionally has he ended up somewhere as bleak and gray as Russia. With the Bond franchise being almost as well known for its exotic locales as for its actions sequences and glamorous femme fatales, it sounds like the overall story that Boyle wanted to go with just didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the franchise. While there are times when a big change is needed, and it could well come with the next iteration of Bond, Daniel Craig’s final outing in the role was not the place to start meddling with the formula.

As it stands, Daniel Craig’s final appearance as Bond turned out pretty well. Despite arriving in the midst of the pandemic, the film became one of the biggest movies of 2021, sitting in second place behind Spider-Man: No Way Home’s untouchable box office haul on the list of top Hollywood movies of the year. No Time To Die gave the superspy a dramatic and action packed send-off that made sure Craig’s time as Bond will be a hard act to follow for whoever takes over the role next.


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