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After four rounds as James Bond, Daniel Craig is reprising the debonaire British spy for the final time in next year's Bond 25. But rather than reunite with Sam Mendes, the director of Skyfall and Spectre, for his last 007 adventure, Craig will be working with Danny Boyle, whose involvement with the movie was finally officially confirmed last week. But Boyle didn't instantly decide to direct Bond 25 when the job came his way. He recently acknowledged that initially, he didn't feel like he was the right for a movie of this scale, saying:
I like watching big films but I don't think I'm necessarily good at making them. Then I thought 'no, you shouldn't think like that'.
Danny Boyle may not be well known among casual moviegoers as directors like Steven Spielberg or Martin Scorsese, but he's certainly left his mark and then some in the film world with projects like Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and Steve Jobs. Bond 25 arguably marks his first foray into blockbuster filmmaking, and while he may have had doubts about taking this job on, he soon realized he needed to set aside that mindset. Once he hashed out his idea for Bond 25 with writer and long time collaborator John Hodge, that's when he finally decided to accept the directing gig. As he told the crowd attending his masterclass at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts:
We have this idea about what we want to do with Bond and I felt we should have a go because of this idea. So we are trying to stay true to our principles.
Additionally, Danny Boyle revealed that another reason he's directing Bond 25 is because he wanted to "tackle the unknown," something he did in the early years of his career with Shallow Grave and Trainspotting. Not wanting to get in a groove where he repeats himself (which, as he sees it, leads to not asking himself questions and not feeling "the fear about what you're doing"), directing a movie this large in scale allows him to venture into new territory.
No official plot details for Bond 25 have been announced yet, but with Daniel Craig departing afterwards, it truly marks the end of an era. No other cast members have been confirmed yet either, but Ben Whishaw expects he'll be reprising Q, and Naomie Harris has expressed interest in playing Moneypenny again. Production is expected to begin on December 3.
Bond 25 (which is being distributed domestically by MGM with Annapurna Pictures, and internationally by Universal) will be released in theaters on November 8, 2019, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates about its development. In the meantime, feel free to scan through our 2018 release schedule so you can find out what's hitting the silver screen later this year.