The new front-runner to direct Bond 25 will make fans supremely happy

Once Hodge turns in his script, MGM and the producers will either shelve the initial idea for Bond 25 and move forward with Boyle's version or they will return to the script written by franchise veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade without the Trainspotting duos involvement.

Yann Demange, who previously helmed the thrilling Northern-Ireland set film '71, was also considered a top choice but according to reports, MGM and Eon's preference would be to have a better-known name at the helm. Yesterday, it was revealed Trainspotting director Danny Boyle is a frontrunner to direct the movie.

Following the lukewarm reception to Spectre, Daniel Craig has long made it clear that he wants to exit the James Bond franchise on a high note, so there's a very good chance he'll be on board with a prolific director in the vein of Boyle. Initially there were reports that Christopher Nolan might be directing the next Bond film but in his recent comment he has clearly mentioned it that he is not the one who is going to do this job.

Whether Boyle's style of directing can transfer to Bond remains to be seen: he's not exactly known for action - though he has some on his CV in Sunshine - but he does tell human stories well, and that might be a good approach for Craig's farewell. If they like the screenplay, Boyle officially signs on and makes that Bond movie while the original Bond 25 screenplay gets shelved.

Danny has been on producers' radar since 2012's Skyfall, also directed by Sam, and he came close that same year when he shot the James Bond spoof starring Daniel and Queen Elizabeth II for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Both were directed by another Oscar victor, Sam Mendes, who said he would not return for a third film. "But I've always been inspired by the films and would love to do one someday".

  • Kyle Peterson