Danny Boyle’s exit on Bond 25, while shocking to some wasn’t that surprising to others. There had been already rumored tension over Boyle having producers scrap an existing script from franchise screenwriters (unconfirmed though) to have longtime writing partner John Hodge write instead. A stipulation that was said to be part of Danny’s agreement to direct.
Now, a rumbling from British outlet TheTelegraph says that the final issue between Danny and team Bond was due to casting the film’s main villain. Boyle is said to have wanted to cast Polish actor Tomasz Kot as the film’s Russian villain and this seemed to clash what star Daniel Craig had in mind. Craig had been mentioned in the official statement as being the one of the people to decide Boyle’s fate on the film.
Rumours that the film’s script was the source of the disagreement have been reported, with producers alleged to be unhappy with the decision to focus on contemporary political tensions with Russia and a “modern-day Cold War”.
However one industry source told the Telegraph the split was due to a fall out over whether to cast Tomasz Kot as the lead villain. The 41-year-old Polish actor stars in Cold War, a love story set in 1950s Europe, and was described as a “left-field” decision for a Bond enemy.
This information hasn’t been verified and with all things Bond many stories are fabricated/speculation. We’ll chalk this one up as a rumor for now. However, it is true that Daniel Craig with his Bond 25 deal has casting and director approval.
Production was slated to begin on December 3rd at Pinewood Studios UK with a release date set for November 8th, 2019.