Danny Boyle wanted to explore James Bond's past in Russia

“It would have made a strange sense today, but the film was set entirely in Russia, where Bond is from, coming out of the Cold War.”

Before Cary Fukunaga was hired to shoot the last James Bond, Dying can wait, Danny Boyle worked on the project for several months. The director of Trainspotting finally left the adventure, because he could not agree on the ultimate story of the secret agent played by Daniel Craig with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. He says a little more today about the script written by his accomplice John Hodge at Esquire.

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“I remember thinking straight away, ‘Should I get involved in franchises?’ details the British filmmaker. Because they don’t really want to do anything different on these types of films. They ask you to refresh them a little, but not to challenge them, and we wanted to offer something that changes. It would have made a strange sense today, but the film was set entirely in Russia, where Bond is from, coming out of the Cold War. It was taking place in the country nowadays, with round trips to its origins, and they lost… what’s the word, again? They have lost faith in this idea. It’s really a pity. They still took an idea from our script to use it differently: that of the child, which Hodge had proposed and which was wonderful.”

During the same interview, the director adds that if he were called back to direct the next James Bond with a new performer, he would probably refuse: “I don’t think I would accept”, he answers before giving two casting ideas. Personally, he would see Robert Pattinson in the costume of 007 (a choice he had already mentioned in 2019) or Paapa Essiedu, the revelation of‘I May Destroy You.

Note that this interview was organized as part of the promotion of Danny Boyle’s new Sex Pistols serieswhose trailer has just been unveiled:

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