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Danny Boyle confirmed to direct Daniel Craig’s fifth and final James Bond film

The Oscar winning director of Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle, has been confirmed to helm Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film, the producers have confirmed.

hollywood Updated: May 25, 2018 14:47 IST

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Daniel Craig poses for photographers as he attends the world premiere of the new James Bond 007 film Spectre at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Daniel Craig poses for photographers as he attends the world premiere of the new James Bond 007 film Spectre at the Royal Albert Hall in London.(REUTERS)
         

Academy Award winner Danny Boyle will direct the next James Bond film, the movie’s producers said on Friday, with actor Daniel Craig returning for his fifth outing as Britain’s famous fictional spy, the smooth-talking, martini-drinking 007.

Production on the 25th instalment in the Bond movie franchise will begin in December at Britain’s Pinewood Studios. The film will be released in autumn 2019.

In a statement, producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli describe Boyle, who won an Oscar for heart-warming drama Slumdog Millionaire and is also known for Trainspotting and Steve Jobs, as “exceptionally talented”.

Boyle previously worked with Craig on a short film for the opening ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics, in which the actor, as Bond, entered Buckingham Palace, where he was greeted by Queen Elizabeth.

The as-yet-unnamed Bond film’s screenplay will be written by John Hodge, who worked with Boyle on Trainspotting.

Craig has played Bond since 2006’s Casino Royale. After months of speculation on whether he would reprise the role after 2015’s Spectre, the 50-year-old actor confirmed last year he would put on Bond’s tuxedo for a fifth time.

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First Published: May 25, 2018 14:46 IST