No formal offer has been made yet to Boyle, but sources told the trade that he is “high on the list” of potential directors for the 25th 007 installment and fifth to star Daniel Craig.
Boyle has apparently been on the Bond franchise’s radar for a long time — he was also a candidate to direct both 2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre — with the director himself also interested for quite some time in putting his stamp on the long-running saga. Boyle’s most recent feature film was last year’s T2, the sequel to his 1996 breakout hit Trainspotting. While he is currently developing an unnamed new project, that could reportedly be put aside if Bond came calling.
Sam Mendes handled those last two Bond entries, but was not interested in returning for a third. Among the names thrown around online for the new film were Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Yann DeMange (’71), although DeMange was apparently the only one of those who has been seriously in contention.
Boyle’s other well-known films include 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and 127 Hours (2010). A quintessential British director, he’s also known for his quirky, somewhat maverick approach to different genres and his willingness to try new filmmaking formats. It should be interesting to see what he brings to the Bond franchise if he gets the job, considering that the series has stuck to its fairly traditional roots for decades.
The new, yet-to-be-titled Bond movie is due out on November 8, 2019 and will be Craig’s final appearance as the British spy.