Danny Boyle talks about Bond 25

Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle, as part of an Esquire profile, said his version of Bond 25 would have been “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,” the director told Esquire.

This isn’t entirely surprising. Thanks to an interview that production designer Mark Tildesley did, it was known that a Russian gulag set was being constructed in Canada. Also, during the Boyle period of Bond 25, a replica rocket was built.

Boyle also said his screenwriter, John Hodge, also introduced a Bond’s child character.

“The idea that they used in a different way was the one of [James Bond’s] child, which [Hodge] introduced [and which] was wonderful,” Boyle told the magazine.

Boyle also expressed to Esquire a stronger misgiving about becoming involved in a franchise movie.

“I remember thinking, ‘Should I really get involved in franchises?’ Because they don’t really want something different,. They want you to freshen it up a bit, but not really challenge it, and we wanted to do something different with it.”

Bond 25 (eventually titled No Time to Die) began pre-production in 2017 with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade as writers. Then, Boyle and Hodge figuratively raised their hands with their idea. In May 2018, it was announced Boyle would direct from a Hodge script.

Before the end of the summer of 2018, Boyle and Hodge exited. Purvis and Wade returned, with Cary Fukunaga directing (and writing also). The switch helped delay the project by about six months. COVID-19 then caused additional delays. No Time to Die didn’t come out until fall 2021.

2 Responses

  1. Boyle’s script sounds as daft as the one that Eon ultimately used. Bond has no Russian “origins”. It’s not where he comes from. He fought Soviet Smersh, and later KGB agents during the Cold War.
    I don’t think Fleming ever had him set foot in Soviet Union. I shudder to think what “origins” Boyle and Hodge were cooking up.
    And the dumbass idea to have Bond have a child originated with Hodge!? Unbelievable that Barbara got suckered into keeping that awful idea. What these producers and writers don’t get is that Bond is escapist fantasy. Yes grounded in danger and suspense, but still a faux reality. In this world Bond doesn’t get killed. He also cavorts with women but minus real world consequences ie no preggers. Yes I know, Kissy in Fleming’s You Only Live Twice, but that was book Bond. Movie Bond is more rooted in the character realized by Connery and Terrence Young, derived from Fleming’s creation, and with Fleming’s blessing.
    Even in Fleming’s world Bond didn’t know the child existed (Raymond Benson’s future update aside)
    This franchise doesn’t need a rethink as Barbara maintains. It needs a new Producer!!! She needs to replace herself.
    What Bond needs is simply to recast and pick up where Broz left off, as if the horrid Craig era never happened, which it actually didn’t, as the original 20 films, were a different continuity.

  2. You are 100% right. Both producers are too old and tired and the important thoughtful input ended a long time ago when Cubby the patriarch passed on, just reminds one of the importance of Harry Saltzman way back when,

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