Reports indicated that Danny Boyle’s abrupt exit from production on the next James Bond film happened for numerous reasons, one of which being the casting of the villain and Bond girl.
As star Daniel Craig has final say in his contract, he and Boyle couldn’t agree on Boyle’s choices and so the two parties didn’t come together. Craig’s return is set, while regulars Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes are also likely to return as Moneypenny, Q & M respectively. The villain and lead Bond girl haven’t been officially announced as yet.
Boyle had already cast a few roles it seems, including hiring “GI Joe” and “Wonder Woman” actor Saïd Taghmaoui. Speaking with The National, he said:
“I’m supposed to do the next James Bond, playing the lead bad guy. I was cast by Danny Boyle, and just now he left the project, so of course there’s some uncertainty.”
In fact, Taghmaoui isn’t sure where his status with the film rests now and a lot will depend upon how the story changes from here:
“We don’t know who the director will be, and the producers don’t know if they’re going to go Russian or Middle East with the baddie right now. I literally just received a message saying: ‘If they go Middle East, it’s you. If they go Russian, it’s someone else.’ It’s the story of my life. Always on that line between something that could change my life and something that disappears.”
Previous reports had “Cold War” star Tomasz Kot playing the lead villain back when the plan was to have a Russian villain who was intent on starting a new Cold War. At present, the film is still trying to keep its original production start and release date with a new director expected to be selected and announced soon.