In the wake of Danny Boyle’s departure as director, still more reports are hitting the British tabloids with apparent studio insiders discussing the reasons for the filmmaker’s exit beyond the official line of ‘creative differences’.
At last report Boyle’s departure was said to be due to a fallout between Boyle, star Daniel Craig and producer Barbara Broccoli over Boyle’s casting wishes for the film’s supporting roles along with his insistence of bringing in his own people.
Now a new report at The Sun suggests that Craig and Broccoli, knowing this would be Craig’s final Bond film, reportedly wanted Bond to die in a ‘spectacular finale’. However, Boyle refused to kill off the secret agent:
“There were discussions about killing off Bond in dramatic fashion at the end. It would also leave it open for a twist in the next instalment – either Bond hadn’t died or there could be a Doctor Who-esque regeneration with a new actor.
There were clashes over budget and there’s pandemonium among crew with people leaving the production left, right and centre. There are fears the film will be put back months and backroom staff are worried about where their next pay cheque is coming from.”
Numerous other directors including Edgar Wright, David Mackenzie, Joe Wright and Yann Demange have all been mentioned as potential replacements at the helm.