What Kind of “James Bond” Movie Can We Expect From Danny Boyle?

Matthew Loffhagen
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It’s official: after months of rumors and speculation, Danny Boyle has finally confirmed that yes, he really is directing the 25th “James Bond” movie.

According to the director, he’ll be tackling another movie written by Richard Curtis, and then he’ll be getting right to work on the spy movie at the end of the year.

This isn’t a huge surprise – Boyle’s involvement with “Bond” has been a particularly poorly kept secret – but it’s interesting nonetheless to think about what kind of film to expect.

Danny Boyle has tackled a lot of different kinds of movies over the course of his career. “28 Days Later” is an innovative horror movie, while “127 Hours” is a lot of James Franco “acting” into a video camera.

28 Days Later
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“Slumdog Millionaire” basically set the world on fire upon release, while “Sunshine” (a movie that’s actually about setting things on fire) fizzled somewhat with general audiences, but earned a cult following.

One thing is certain: Danny Boyle’s movies are generally very solid. Whether he’s working with a big or a small budget, he makes films that catch people’s attention for his unique storytelling style.

The big question is how much of that will remain intact while he’s working on one of Sony Pictures’ biggest tentpole franchises.

Let’s face it – Sony probably shouldn’t be in the movie business. By this point, it seems that the company doesn’t even want to make movies, and there’s a real possibility that the studio is attempting to greenlight as many quick cashgrab movies as possible in order to provide short-term stock price boosts so that the executives in question can just make it to the next annual bonus.

“Bond” has always been a brand with longevity baked into its formula, but with all the wild, varying directions that the series has taken over the course of the Daniel Craig era, it’s a coin toss as to whether a particular movie will be groundbreaking, or utter garbage.

This is as much to do with the production teams and the culture within the studio as anything else. Nobody at Sony seems to have any kind of foresight when it comes to moviemaking; they’ll take the path of least resistance without worrying too much about how it might impact the future of their franchises.

127 Hours
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It’ll be interesting to see what will come from the clash of personalities that will arise when a talented director, known for his signature style, comes up against a studio that prefers simple, generic movies with very little individuality.

Sony will be monitoring this film intently, and if Boyle attempts anything risky, they’re going to try and shut it down.

We can all cross our fingers that Danny Boyle manages to make a good “James Bond” movie under these conditions, but in fairness, whatever we get, whether it’s good or bad, is certainly going to have a big impact on the future of the franchise.