4 March 2009 UPDATE: Didn’t take long for Danny Boyle to respond to this one:
“I enjoy the Bond movies, always have and always will, but I have no plans to direct one. I don’t know who came up with the story, but please tell them I’m very flattered to be thought of!”
It may be quite far off into the future, but the Bond 23 rumours and reports are kicking into gear.
Today, The Sun carries the story that British director Danny Boyle is reportedly being considered to helm what will be Daniel Craig’s third James Bond film.
Boyle is classified as a ‘hot property’ in Hollywood at the moment following the widespread critical acclaim for his Slumdog Millionaire, which recently took the top prize at the Academy Awards and BAFTA ceremonies, along with endless other rewards.
His other recent film credits include Sunshine, Millions, 28 Days Later and Trainspotting.
The Sun says that 007 producer Barbara Broccoli is currently ‘leading the chase for his services’ and notes that he is a close acquaintance of Callum McDougall, who has served as the co- or executive producer on every Bond film since 2002’s Die Another Day.
An unnamed source said: ‘Danny is the man of the moment and he is being bombarded with offers from studios. He has been offered the chance to direct the 23rd Bond film by Barbara. The EON team love his vision and think that it would work perfectly for the new look of Bond.’
‘Danny has always insisted he is more interested in the film than the money. However, with Daniel Craig’s involvement and the way the films are now structured–with the emphasis on the characters and plot rather than gags and gadgets–it is right up Danny’s street.
‘Everyone on the EON team thinks Danny would be a fantastic addition to the Bond family.’
Time will tell how much truth there is to this rumour… keep your eyes on the CommanderBond.net main page for all the latest breaking news on Bond 23.