Danny Boyle FINALLY confirmed to direct James Bond 25 after months of rumours

Jennifer ruby and Natasha Sporn
Evening Standard

Danny Boyle has been officially confirmed as the director of the forthcoming James Bond film, after hinting at his involvement earlier this year.

The Oscar-winning director will reunite with Daniel Craig for 007’s latest outing, as well as Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge who has penned an original screenplay.

EON Productions' Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli made the announcement on Friday, confirming that production would begin at Pinewood Studios on December 3.

“We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th installment of the franchise,” they said.

Comeback: Daniel Craig will reprise his role as James Bond
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“We will begin shooting Bond 25 at Pinewood Studios in December with our partners at MGM and are thrilled that Universal will be our international distributor.”

Boyle worked with Craig on a short Bond film as part of the London Olympics opening ceremony back in 2012.

The Slumdog Millionaire director appeared to let the cat out of the bag back in March, when he revealed that he had been working on a script for Bond.

Speaking to Metro US at the premiere of drama Trust he said: “We are working on a script right now. And it all depends on that really.

“I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in 6 or 7 weeks.

“Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now.”

He said: “We’ve got an idea, John Hodge, the screenwriter, and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment.

“It all depends on how it turns out. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away.”

Craig is set to hang up his black jacket after the November 2019 release, with the rumour mill about his replacement in full swing.

Names being bandied about for the iconic role include Idris Elba, Cillian Murphy and James Norton.

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