007: Danny Boyle Wants Robert Pattinson to Play James Bond


Just as Yesterday imagined a world without the Beatles, filmmaker Danny Boyle imagined himself directing a 007 spy movie with Robert Pattinson cast as James Bond. While promoting his upcoming film, Boyle explained why he would pick Pattinson to play the popular character.

In an interview with The Guardian, the Academy Award-winning director opened up about possibly returning to the spy franchise and imagined his pick for the main role. After watching the 2018 sci-fi drama High Life starring Pattinson, Boyle admitted he was blown away by the lead performance. Just as Matt Revees found his next Batman, Boyle thought the Twilight actor would make for an ideal Bond.

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"Oh my God, they should get him to be the next Bond. Isn’t Pattinson a bit too young for the role?" Boyle said. "He must be in his 30s. How old was Connery? He’s ready now."

Following his critically acclaimed films Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting, Boyle found himself directing Daniel Craig during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. Later, Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge were attached to the latest 007 project starring Craig. Under the strain of creative differences, they ended up abandoning the project and being replaced on Bond 25 by director Cary Fukunaga and screenwriter Phoebe Waller Bridge.

In the 25th installment of the Bond franchise, Craig returns to the starring role for his fifth appearance. The cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek. No word yet on when the sequel to Spectre will arrive in theaters.

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Danny Boyle directed Yesterday from a script by Richard Curtis. The cast includes Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheernan, Ana de Armas and Kate McKinnon. The film opens in theaters on June 28.

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