‘It would have been very topical now!’: Danny Boyle reveals his axed James Bond movie was set in Russia before producers ‘lost confidence’ in his vision
Danny Boyle has revealed he was planning to set his now axed James Bond movie in Russia.
The director was set to helm Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 before departing the project due to ‘creative differences’ with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.
Speaking to Esquire UK, the Oscar winner, 65, said that his proposed story was set in the now controversial country and explored Bond’s origins.
Conflict: Danny Boyle told Esquire UK in a recent interview how he was planning to set his now axed James Bond movie in Russia
He said: ‘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.
‘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.’
Axed: The director was set to helm Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 before departing the project due to creative differences with producers
The Slumdog Millionaire director went on to tell the outlet how he felt it was a ‘shame’ that he didn’t get to make a Bond movie, claiming there was a loss of ‘confidence’ over his plot idea.
He said: ‘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.’
This comes after Russia invaded Ukraine in February resulting in more than 3,000 civilian deaths, according to The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
In August 2018, it was confirmed Danny had dropped out of directing the 25th Bond movie.
A tweet from the official 007 Twitter account read: ‘Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25.’
Cary Fukunaga later took Danny’s place and directed Daniel in 2021 movie No Time to Die.
Years later, he told The Guardian about leaving the picture: ‘I work in partnership with writers and I am not prepared to break it up.
‘We were working very, very well, but they (the Bond bosses) didn’t want to go down that route with us. So we decided to part company.’
End of the road: In August 2018, it was confirmed Danny had dropped out of directing the 25th Bond movie and Cary Fukunaga (pictured) took his place and directed Daniel in No Time to Die