After months of speculation, the news has finally been confirmed that Trainspotting and Sunshine man Danny Boyle will direct Bond 25, the next film in the James Bond series.

Boyle’s appointment was only guaranteed if the screenplay he submitted to series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson impressed the duo. It now seems the pair are more than happy with the result. Boyle had co-written the draft alongside his T2 Trainspotting scribe, John Hodge, who will join him on the Bond team.

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Both Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli described Boyle as “exceptionally talented“, they went on to say they were “delighted” to have him on board.

MGM board Charmain (who will be distributing the film in the US), Kevin Ulrich, said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled than to bring the next 007 adventure to the big screen, uniting the incomparable Daniel Craig with the extraordinary vision of Danny Boyle.

Boyle has previously worked with Daniel Craig – who confirmed last year he would be back in the famous tux – on the short Bond film which opened the 2012 London Olympics. Now you imagine speculation will be rife as to whether the new script will resemble that short or will Boyle and Hodge take it down a different route.

Sam Mendes directed the previous two instalments, which became the highest-grossing films in the series, with “Skyfall” bringing in $1.1 billion globally and “Spectre” earning $880 million at the worldwide box office.

Production is set to begin on 3 December at the UK’s Pinewood Studios.