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Danny Boyle has given an insight into why he unexpectedly quit the new James Bond film

The Oscar winner, who was due to direct the 25th instalment of the spy franchise, said it would beimpossiblefor a Bond fan, like himself, to direct or write one of the films

In an interview with Radio Times five days before it was announced Boyle had pulled out overcreative differences’, the director said Bond aficionados would behamperedby how much they knew about the plot

He said: ‘The books were everything to me when I was a kid. I read them multiple times

Like everyone else, I saw the films, but Id already read the books so I had a different relationship with the characters

Although I think itd be impossible for a Bond aficionado to write or direct a Bond film

Youd be hampered by how much you knew. They want you to bring a freshness to it

Share this article Share Just weeks before shooting was due to begin, a statement on the official James Bond Twitter account, read: ‘Michael G Wilson, Barbara Broccoli [producers] and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25

Boyle, 61, is known for his work on films such as Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire, and was artistic director for the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony

Some film insiders claimed it was a disagreement over the Bond script that saw him quit, while others claim it was a row over the films Russian villain that caused him to pull out, with hints of a direct clash with the films star, Daniel Craig

Producers are said to be in the final stages of casting and a row over whether to cast little-known Polish actor Tomasz Kot, 41, as the films primary villain is said to have emerged

The plot is rumoured to involve political tensions with Russia, with producers keen to promote amodern Cold Warfeel

A source told The Daily Telegraph: ‘I have heard that they wanted to bring that Cold War element in but update it to the modern day

Danny Boyle was in for that. That wasnt the problem. The problem came in when they were making the final decisions about casting pre-production

Craig, 50, is known to have a hand in casting decisions made on the Bond films, and his name was included in the announcement that Boyle had quit

The source explained: ‘Craig has a big say in all the casting decisions. None of the Bond girls have been chosen without his say so

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