BOND 24 Brings Back Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to Work on Script; Production Delayed to December

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Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who worked The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall, left the James Bond series over a year and a half ago, which put Bond 24 solely in the hands of Skyfall co-writer John Logan.  However, it looks like Purvis and Wade are coming back after some “polite turmoil” (so British!) behind the scenes.  The two screenwriters have been “hired to re-write Logan’s script and give it some ‘punch’.”  This was the reverse situation with Skyfall where Logan came in to work on Purvis and Wade’s script.  “Neal and Robert are only doing what was done to them. There’s no blood; no scars,” a source tells the Daily Mail.

Hit the jump for more.  Bond 24 is currently scheduled to open in the U.K. on October 23, 2015 and in the U.S. on November 6, 2015.

According to Ralph Fiennes, who will return to play M, filming on Bond 24 was scheduled to begin shooting in October, but according to the Daily Mail, the rewrites have pushed the production’s start back to December.  Assuming the studio wants to hold on to their fall 2015 release dates, it’s going to be a tight production schedule.

Filming won’t begin until a script is in place, and Purvis and Wade have reportedly been called in to “‘punch up’ the script and sprinkle in more gags, emphasizing the witty repartee between Daniel Craig’s 007 and Naomie Harris’s Miss Moneypenny, and focusing on the interplay between Bond and Ralph Fiennes’s M.”

Although it’s tempting to start worrying about a delicate balance being disrupted and that the Oscar-nominated screenwriter is now being usurped by the guys behind Die Another Day, it’s important to keep in mind that Sam Mendes is still on board to direct, and Skyfall ended on a promising note.  Expectations are high, but just because the boat is being rocked a bit, that doesn’t mean it’s going to sink.

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  • Walt Gamble

    To be honest, I like this news. These two definitely are not good enough to write the films on their own (history has shown that) but I do worry about Bond going too far down the dark and serious track. I absolutely loved skyfall, but that is definitely as dry as I want these films, so it’s nice to know that they have that in mind. Hopefully that’s all this is

  • Person

    I still hope this comes out in 2015, as this is my most anticipated movie of the year, but if they need to push to 2016 to make sure the movie is as good as it can be, I’m fine with that. We waited four years for Skyfall and the results speak for themselves; I have no problem doing it again.

    • agent777

      Alot of that was due to MGM going bankrupt, which kept things in limbo. I don’t think they need that long ordinarily to make classic Bond’s.

      • Person

        The first few Bonds were done in a year, then they became every other year and pretty much stayed that way until Brosnan came aboard (the longest gap was six years between Licence and Goldeneye, which was entirely due to legal issues).

        I know that QoS and Skyfall had a gap because of legal woes, I’m just saying that if they need some more time to iron out the script and get everything right, let them take their time. The one year we have to wait is nothing compared to the eternity this movie will have to exist for, good or bad.

  • Aquartertoseven

    Hopefully it’s better than Skyfall, that bland, Bourne knock off with an unbelievable amount of plot holes. What a terrible film, and what’s more shocking is the lack of objectivity from so many people that were completely unable to see its many glaring flaws, just like with the other commenters on this page, shocking.

    • agent777

      Have you read the Bond books? Bond does fight “like Borne” in fact he existed first. If it was like anything other film it was like a Bond version of Dark Knight (no complaints here). This films took Bond back to the “old ways” and that’s a very good thing.

    • agent777

      Have you read the Bond books? Bond does fight “like Borne” in fact he existed first. If it was like anything other film it was like a Bond version of Dark Knight (no complaints here). This films took Bond back to the “old ways” and that’s a very good thing.

      • agent777

        Not to sound snotty to you at all either, the book Bond just operates in a way that has rarely been portrayed on film.

      • Person

        As much as I loved Skyfall, I don’t buy the argument that it took Bond “to his roots” in the literary sense. It delved into his backstory and all, but it didn’t bring Bond back to the way he is in the novels (aside from the Shanghai part). The only Bond movies that really do the books justice are From Russia with Love, Casino Royale, and OHMSS. Coincidentally, those are all Top 5s for me.

      • Grayden

        Many say Dalton’s Bond was the closest the character in the books. Cold, distant, efficient, but still dry, witty, and grounded. Craig has played close to this so I don’t undersrand why they want to ruin it with this contrived return to camp of the 70s. I don’t care about Bond and Moneypenny’s relationship. They had a perfect female counter in Dench’s M. I just feel like they hit the high mark with Casino Royale. Mendes seems concerned with revisiting what has been done instead of continuing the direction of Casino Royale.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Exactly, Skyfall was a huge leap back, and the writing was just atrocious. The sheer number of plot holes…

      • Pk

        What plot holes?

      • Aquartertoseven

        You’re kidding right? Did you turn your brain off while watching the film? I’ll just link you to some rather than take the time to type them all myself: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1074638/reviews?filter=hate

      • randombondfan

        I agree entirely, the ridiculously plot and the “reminders that bond isn’t “as good as he used to be” left a bad taste in my mouth. The dialog itself was fair however and I did like the idea of Javier Bardiem’s character but his back story is too simple minded. Not to mention that Q was a bit of a farce as well.

      • Johnson

        Shove off, troll

      • Aquartertoseven

        Go get some standards.

      • Johnson

        pff… go get a taste in good movies

      • Aquartertoseven

        I do, I like my movies to make sense. That’s why I dislike Skyfall.

      • Person

        I don’t think he and Moneypenny flirting makes it “campy,” it’s more of a throwback to their dynamic from the Connery pictures. Dalton was probably the closest to Fleming’s Bond physically, but he lacked a lot of the wit and charm that Connery and Moore had, and was certainly was the least sexual of all the Bonds.

        You’re right about Casino Royale, though. My personal favorites may be Goldfinger and FRWL, but from a purely objective standpoint, Casino Royale is by far the best Bond film, and Skyfall was not as good. It was still very good, but not as good.

      • Oscar Stegland

        I wouldn’t call what Moore had, charm or wit. More like bufoonishness.

        To me Connery is the greatest overall with Craig close behind and Dalton probably being the closest to the darker Bond of the books.

      • Person

        Moore gets a lot of unfair criticism; he was a very strong Bond, he just got caught in badly scripted movies, which were made in a time that relied on 70s/80s “humor” and camp. Octopussy is terrible but the rest of his movies all have their moments; even Moonraker is solid minus the “Jaws falls in love” subplot.

      • Oscar Stegland

        I don’t agree. He was the one who pushed MGM to keep letting him be Bond even though he was old as hell. It may have been a combination of script and so on but to me he ridiculed the character. He went from a hard-ass agent to a clown who was better at bad one-liners than throwing punches.

        There are a few Moore films I quite like: Live and Let Die and For Your Eyes Only are both good, and Golden Gun is alright but the rest range from bad to terrible. In my mind it comes down to his portrayal as much as the films themselves. He is not at all comparable to Connery, IMO.

      • Person

        Octopussy is terrible, LLD is fine except when it goes crazy with the voodoo, and I find Golden Gun to be a little too jokey (third nipple, that idiotic southern cop, etc.) I think AVTaK is very good and would have been more widely appreciated if Moore was younger if Dalton was in it, but FYEO and Spy are easily Moore’s two best for me. And Moore actually wanted to leave after FYEO but the producers kept bringing him back out of fear that changing actors would affect the box office. Moore never wanted to do his last two movies, especially AVTaK, which he has emphatically stated he doesn’t even like as a movie.

      • derek

        I am in no way shape or form qualified to talk about the books since i have never read them. But I think Skyfall was great because it rekindled what makes Daniel Craig such a good bond.

      • Chris

        Dark Knight version?!?!?! What are you talking about?

      • Chris

        Just because the villain was a little creepy and had mouth scars doesn’t make it so. Skyfall was tough to watch after that train scene when Javier was escaping.

  • Ryan

    I’d be fine with this only if they don’t go the Thor 2/Marvel route and just throwing one liners just for the heck of it. If there is a point, a purpose, a delivery with great execution, then I’m happy

    • Person

      It sounds like a fairly involved re-write, not just dropping in lines of dialogue every now and then.

    • derek

      I really wish you hadn’t brought Thor 2 into this conversation. Because you are totally right about the jokes.

  • Jamie Teller

    Since the writing was my biggest issue with Skyfall, I’m a little concerned by this news, but they threw together QoS pretty quickly and, despite its flaws, it’s my favorite of the Craig films.

    • Grayden

      Quantum gets the most unfair shake. Writer’s strike screwed them. Craig and Marc Forster basically had to write the rest of the film themselves and work with what they had. Having said that, I’m perfectly fine watching Quantum as part two of a singular Bond story that started with Casino Royale.

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  • Grayden

    Thing to remember, Wage and Purvis wrote the screenplay for Casino Royale. Conversely, Logan also wrote ‘Bats!’.

  • Matt Reed

    Matt Reed
    MwaGG was definetly one of the WORST bond films I’ve ever seen. Way way too campy. I like MOORE best as bond bc that was how I first knew the character so I’ll always have a fondness for his portrayal even if it can be cheesy sometimes. MOONRAKER though is cheesy in a better more enjoyable fashion Imo….

    MOOREs Top 5 (in no order )
    A spy who loved me
    Live and let die
    A view to a kill
    Moonraker
    Octopussy (def the worst of the 5 bc much like LIVING DAYLIGHTS it’s very UN bond in a way bc he doesn’t have as much British interference)

  • Matt Reed

    Matt Reed
    MwaGG was definetly one of the WORST bond films I’ve ever seen. Way way too campy. I like MOORE best as bond bc that was how I first knew the character so I’ll always have a fondness for his portrayal even if it can be cheesy sometimes. MOONRAKER though is cheesy in a better more enjoyable fashion Imo….

    MOOREs Top 5 (in no order )
    A spy who loved me
    Live and let die
    A view to a kill
    Moonraker
    Octopussy (def the worst of the 5 bc much like LIVING DAYLIGHTS it’s very UN bond in a way bc he doesn’t have as much British interference)

  • Chris

    I still don’t understand all the love for Skyfall it was a mess with a horrible third act. Not the worst Bond by any means but come on people it wasn’t that good!

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