– by Campbell Clark

Given that Danny Boyle Left Bond 25 due to creative differences, the hunt was on for Bond producers to find a replacement. Not only that but the producers also decided to change scripts and go with a new script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, scribes of both Casino Royale and Skyfall. This makes sense as I am sure they trust the writers given that both Casino Royale and Skyfall were rated by most as the best instalments of Daniel Craig’s run as Bond.

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It was reported that there was a shortlist of 3 candidates to replace Boyle, those being Bart Layton (American Animals), S.J. Clarkson (Star Trek 4) and Yan Damage (White Boy Rick), who was reportedly the number one contender to land the gig.

Now in a surprise announcement, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have released on official statement on the Bond website to say that Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective Season 1, Beasts of No Nation) has landed the gig as director of Bond 25. The official statement also rivals a new release date for the movie of February 14, 2020.

Here is what the Bond producers said in the statement about Fukunaga.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

This will mark the very first time that an American has directed a James Bond film strangely enough. Daniel Craig is still set to play Bond in probably his final appearance in the role. Only time will tell if Fukunaga is the right choice for Bond 25. Whilst his body of work has been stellar so far, Fukunaga has never directed something as big and full of stunts as Bond will be.

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SOURCE: 007.com