Shaken, not stirred — Minister’s delight that man with Galway roots will direct next Bond movie

Anna Wojcik and Josue Caceres pictured at the Eye Cinema exclusive midnight screening of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ with the Emerald Garrison’s Star Wars characters. Photo Martina Regan

Anna Wojcik and Josue Caceres pictured at the Eye Cinema exclusive midnight screening of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ with the Emerald Garrison’s Star Wars characters. Photo Martina Regan

Minister for the Diaspora and International Development Ciaran Cannon has expressed his delight that renowned film-director Danny Boyle, who has strong family roots in East Galway, has been chosen to direct the next instalment in the James Bond franchise.

Minister Cannon said Danny Boyle has directed movies like Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting and 28 Days Later and is hugely regarded by his own peers within the entertainment industry.

“He also has very strong Galway roots as his mother Annie was a native of Liscappul, between Ballinasloe and Aughrim, and he spent several summers visiting there as a child.

“I am delighted, therefore, that he has been chosen to direct the next instalment of the James Bond franchise, following in the footsteps of other notable directors such as Lewis Gilbert, Guy Hamilton and, if one includes the 1967 Casino Royale which is loosely based on Ian Fleming`s first James Bond novel, John Huston. Huston had a great love of Galway himself, residing for a number of years at St Cleran`s.

“Though we know little more than that the next movie’s working title is Bond 25, as it is the 25th movie in the series, we can expect some thrilling action and it is wonderful to think that it will be guided by someone who is such an accomplished member of our diaspora,” said Minister Cannon.

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