Yann Demange has emerged as the odds-on favourite to take the director’s seat for James Bond 25 after Danny Boyle leaves the production due to “creative differences”.
Yann Demange, director of ’71, is odds-on to take the director’s seat for the upcoming untitled James Bond movie after Danny Boyle left the production due to “creative differences”.
The French director is the early frontrunner to take over from Boyle ahead of Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes and Arrival director Denis Villeneuve.
Betway’s Alan Alger said: “Danny Boyle’s exit leaves a huge opportunity for a director to work with this iconic franchise and it will be fascinating to see who is given the reins on its newest instalment.
“Yann Demange’s gritty historical thriller ’71 has received widespread acclaim and he is our 5/2 frontrunner to receive the nod, while Bond stalwart Sam Mendes could return for a third film at 7/2.
“Other names linked with the opportunity include Dunkirk and Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan at 6/1. Steven Spielberg at 25/1 and Ridley Scott at 33/1 are outsiders to add another well-known title to their portfolio.”
Production on the latest James Bond movie is still due to start in December with a late-summer 2019 release date in the UK. While the list of candidates to play 007 in future can remain on the shelf until James Bond 26, the production heads must now decide if Yann Demange is the right man for the job.
Boyle had been linked to the new James Bond film for months before confirming he would direct a screenplay written by John Hodge, the writer of Boyle’s previous films, The Beach and T2: Trainspotting. But it was known he held reservations that he was capable of pulling off an action blockbuster.
James Bond 25 arrives in UK cinemas next summer.