Danny Boyle reportedly stepped down from directing the next James Bond film after a dispute emerged over a Russian villain.
Producers reportedly became unhappy after viewing the film’s script, which focused heavily on recent political tensions with Russia and a “modern-day Cold War”.
Another insider says that Boyle may have clashed with Craig, after a dispute over the possibility of casting Polish actor Tomasz Kot as the lead villain.
“Craig has a big say in all the casting decisions. None of the Bond girls have been chosen without his say so”, a source told The Telegraph.
“For example he chose Eva Green to be the Bond girl when it came to the final four for Casino Royale and that has been the case for all the Bond girls he has worked with.”
Describing a possible clash between Boyle and Craig, the insider said: “It was telling the producers put his [Craig’s] name on their release saying that Boyle had been sacked.
“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 wasn’t the problem. The problem came in when they were making the final decisions about casting pre-production.”
It’s also been confirmed that Boyle’s longtime writing partner John Hodge has stepped away from the project – after it was previously claimed that his script would replace one that was already created by Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Although Boyle’s replacement is yet to be announced, it’s believed that Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie could take the reins – with bookies offering odds as low as 3/1.