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Danny Boyle quits James Bond 25—which director is favourite to take his place?

Wednesday 22nd August 2018
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James Bond fans were left shell shocked following the news that Danny Boyle has quit the role of director for the next 007 movie.

The production team announced on Twitter that producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli—along with Bond actor Daniel Craig—decided to part ways with Boyle due to “creative differences”.

Sam Mendes, who directed Skyfall and Spectre, is among the favourites to take over from Boyle (2/1 with Paddy Power), but Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan is the odds-on favourite (8/11).

Spokesman Paddy Power said: “It’s such a shame that Danny Boyle has walked away from Bond 25. I was very excited to see if he gave cameos to Spud and Sick Boy or the Spice Girls.

“Instead, we’ll probably have to make do with Batman, as Christopher Nolan has emerged as the big early favourite.”

Bookmakers are also speculating that not only will the film be delayed by a year, but that Craig himself could pull out of his final turn as the super spy.

The next film, due for release in November 2019, is now odds-on to face a delay of at least a year (1/2).

While the Irish bookmakers offer odds of just 6/1 that Craig follows suit—presumably fast-racking Idris Elba’s coronation.

Next James Bond odds

Paddys even suspended betting on the 45-year-old taking the role after his odds went in from 10/1 to 2/1 favourite ahead of previous market leaders Tom Hardy and James Norton.

He then shot to odds-on at 4/6 to become the first black Bond following a couple of cryptic tweets from Idris himself.

One said: "My name is Elba, Idris Elba."

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