James Bond 25 ‘delayed after Daniel Craig double-books to star in murder mystery film’

The newest installment in the James Bond franchise has already hit a stumbling block with the departure of Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle.

And it has been claimed that James Bond 25 is set to be delayed after 007 actor Daniel Craig signed up for a new movie role, that begins shooting in November.

According to The Sun, the talented actor, 50,  will play the lead in murder mystery Knives Out, with filming beginning a month before production on the spy thriller was scheduled to start.

Road-block: It has been claimed that James Bond 25 is set to be delayed after 007 actor Daniel Craig signed up for a new movie role, that begins shooting in November (pictured in 2012's Skyfall)

Road-block: It has been claimed that James Bond 25 is set to be delayed after 007 actor Daniel Craig signed up for a new movie role, that begins shooting in November (pictured in 2012's Skyfall)

Road-block: It has been claimed that James Bond 25 is set to be delayed after 007 actor Daniel Craig signed up for a new movie role, that begins shooting in November (pictured in 2012’s Skyfall)

Heartthrob: Daniel first set pulses racing as the dashing British Secret Service agent in 2006's Casino Royale

Heartthrob: Daniel first set pulses racing as the dashing British Secret Service agent in 2006's Casino Royale

Heartthrob: Daniel first set pulses racing as the dashing British Secret Service agent in 2006’s Casino Royale

Knives Out is written and directed by Star Wars’ Rian Johnson, with Craig playing a lead detective in the flick, inspired by Agatha Christie murder mystery novels.

Layer Cake star Daniel is said to have signed up in the last two weeks, putting the spy thriller’s November 2019 release date in jeopardy.      

A source told the website: ‘Daniel is obviously already looking beyond Bond, and taking this gig makes it clear nobody expects to get things back on track anytime soon. 

‘It was supposed to start shooting very soon, but that’s now impossible.’ 

National treasure: According to The Sun , the talented actor, 50, will play the lead in murder mystery Knives Out, with filming beginning a month before production on the spy thriller was scheduled to start (pictured with Judi Dench in Skyfall)

National treasure: According to The Sun , the talented actor, 50, will play the lead in murder mystery Knives Out, with filming beginning a month before production on the spy thriller was scheduled to start (pictured with Judi Dench in Skyfall)

National treasure: According to The Sun , the talented actor, 50, will play the lead in murder mystery Knives Out, with filming beginning a month before production on the spy thriller was scheduled to start (pictured with Judi Dench in Skyfall)

Hunk: Layer Cake star Daniel is said to have signed up in the last two weeks, putting the spy thriller's November 2019 release date in jeopardy (pictured in Skyfall)

Hunk: Layer Cake star Daniel is said to have signed up in the last two weeks, putting the spy thriller's November 2019 release date in jeopardy (pictured in Skyfall)

Hunk: Layer Cake star Daniel is said to have signed up in the last two weeks, putting the spy thriller’s November 2019 release date in jeopardy (pictured in Skyfall)

It was alleged Johnson offered Daniel the role after learning of a ‘small window’ in his schedule. 

This will be Daniel’s fifth and final outing as the dashing Secret Service agent. 

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Daniel, MGM, Universal and Eon for comment.

The claim comes as director Danny Boyle sensationally abandoned the James Bond 25 project last month over ‘creative differences’.

It was reported that Boyle’s specific issue with the proposed plot for the latest film was that writers wanted to kill off 007 and have him ‘regenerate’ for James Bond 26, a la Doctor Who, as Daniel finally bids goodbye to the franchise.

A source told the website: 'Daniel is obviously already looking beyond Bond, and taking this gig makes it clear nobody expects to get things back on track anytime soon' (pictured in 2008's Quantum of Solace)

A source told the website: 'Daniel is obviously already looking beyond Bond, and taking this gig makes it clear nobody expects to get things back on track anytime soon' (pictured in 2008's Quantum of Solace)

A source told the website: ‘Daniel is obviously already looking beyond Bond, and taking this gig makes it clear nobody expects to get things back on track anytime soon’ (pictured in 2008’s Quantum of Solace)

The Sun reports that, according to an insider: ‘There were discussions about killing off Bond in dramatic fashion at the end.  

‘It would also leave it open for a twist in the next instalment — either Bond hadn’t died or there could be a Doctor Who-esque regeneration with a new actor.

‘There were clashes over budget and there’s pandemonium among crew with people leaving the production left, right and centre.’

The decision to kill Bond – something that has never been done thus far in the film series, despite many a near miss – is said to be the idea of long-serving producer Barbara Broccoli, who wants a ‘pure gold spectacular finale’. But Boyle, 61, was allegedly dead set against the idea.   

Boyle had been collaborating with screenwriter John Hodge on the script for the movie.  

Goodbye: The claim comes as director Danny Boyle sensationally abandoned the James Bond 25 project last month over 'creative differences'

Goodbye: The claim comes as director Danny Boyle sensationally abandoned the James Bond 25 project last month over 'creative differences'

Goodbye: The claim comes as director Danny Boyle sensationally abandoned the James Bond 25 project last month over ‘creative differences’

The North American release date for the upcoming James Bond movie – tentatively slated for November 8, 2019 – remains up in the air following Boyle’s exodus from the project over creative differences earlier this week.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter the movie will not hit its original release date, and could be pushed back until the following year.  

The film will be distributed in the states by MGM, and overseas by Universal; in the UK, its release date is slated for October 25, 2019, the publication reported. 

 In a separate report, insiders told Deadline indicated that the film remains on track to hit theaters November 8, citing contrary information as ‘wishful thinking by rival distributors.’

The date might remain intact assuming a new director is hired within the next two months. Producers Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, according to the outlet, have yet to declare which direction they will be moving in. 

The month in question will be a big one in cinemas, with Wonder Woman 1984 due to debut November 1. 

New dad; Daniel recently welcomed his first child, a baby girl, with wife Rachel Weisz

New dad; Daniel recently welcomed his first child, a baby girl, with wife Rachel Weisz

New dad; Daniel recently welcomed his first child, a baby girl, with wife Rachel Weisz

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