SKYFALL Screenwriters Confirm Their Bond Departure; Sam Mendes and John Logan Have Story Idea for BOND 24

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Longtime James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have confirmed today that they will be departing the franchise.  The duo is responsible for penning the screenplays for all the Daniel Craig Bond films as well as The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.  They penned the latest entry, Skyfall, alongside John Logan, and in announcing their departure they revealed that Logan and director Sam Mendes have already dreamed up a scenario for Bond 24:

“We’re very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we’ve gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.”

Mendes has yet to commit to returning for a further Bond entry, but it’s reassuring to know that he and Logan have an idea of where the story could pick up following the killer ending to Skyfall.  Hit the jump to read the full press release, and click here to watch Steve’s recent interview with Mendes about the film.

neal-purvis-robert-wade-james-bondHere’s the press release:

Doha, Qatar; November 19, 2012:  As Skyfall becomes the most successful Bond film in its 23 film history, British screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade took part in a master class at the fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) to lift the lid on writing for one of the iconic film franchises of all time.

When we were originally asked to come in to meet the Bond people, we weren’t expecting to be walking straight into a meeting with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson” said Neal Purvis, describing the moment they first started collaborating with franchise’s producers. “Usually there are many other layers of people that stop you getting to the head honchos and we certainly were not expecting to be kept around for 15 years”

“When we met Eon Productions, only two of our screenplays had been made into films. It just seemed preposterous to us that they wouldn’t have other writers on the project” added Robert Wade. “But they’d read a few of our other scripts and liked our sense of character and action. If there’s action without a story or a character angle, then it’s just boring.”

Meeting at 22, the pair who has been writing together for 28 years wrote their first script during the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

“The British Film industry in 1984 was not in a great shape. We’d write pop video’s to make extra money,” said Purvis. ”The tragedy is we were getting paid in the 80’s what screenwriters are still being paid today”

 

Since then, they’ve written a total of 41 scripts, with ten being made into films. Wade said “We were told don’t expect anymore than one in ten of your screen plays to be made. She was right. We thought yes, that’s probably true, however that won’t apply to us.”

“Now were on our 41st script and have have ten films made. You wouldn’t write each day if you didn’t believer that your scripts were going to be made,” added Purvis.

Addressing the production delays this latest outing, the duo shed light on how important this additional time was “We benefited from the delays as we hadn’t gotten the story right. The film would not have been made without them,” explained Wade.

“The third act wasn’t right. We gave ourselves a few weeks to come up with a new concept, which ultimately became a metaphor for our journey working on these movies – our own Skyfall” added Purvis.

When pushed on if the partners were intending to write more Bond films Wade said “We’re very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we’ve gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.”

Purvis added, “We were going to stop with Quantum of Solace, but it’s good to go out on a high with Skyfall.”

Asked about other projects outside of Bond, Wade divulged “We did get hired to write a script about Elton John stealing 11 of the best footballers in the world, to play against a team of robots on another planet. “That was our second paid job,” explained Purvis.

And what’s the only thing as a bond writer you can’t do? “Time Travel” says Purvis. “And killing him off” said Wade, before adding “although we have been tempted”




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  • Gui

    Fucking awful writers

    • Matt

      That is kind of harsh. There are so many people working on the Bond films and they get changed even after these guys submit their last draft. They may not be the best writers but they know their Bond history between the movies and the books and could come up with some good ideas.

      It will be great if Sam Mendes returns, he did a great job on Skyfall.

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  • JIM

    NEAL PURVIS AND ROBERT WADE DID NOT WRITE THE LAST 5 BOND FILMS!!! I HAVE WRITTEN EVERY BOND FILM SINCE LICENCE TO KILL!!! YOU PEOPLE WILL BE SUED AND KILLED FOR STEALING MY WORK!!! YOUR NAMES WILL BE ERASED FROM MY WORK!!! YOU VILE, EVIL PIECES OF SHIT!!!

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  • Erzing

    I’m glad they’ve gone.
    They were poor B movie writers at the best of times and were responsible for destroying Pierce’s Bond.
    Case in point:Die Another Day.
    Their scripts were only improved by having class A scriptwriters like Paul Haggis rewrite all their work.
    I hope they’ll never be allowed to write a Bond film again.
    Good riddance.

  • Erzing

    I’m glad they’ve gone. Wish they’d gone sooner.
    They were poor B movie writers at the best of times and were responsible for destroying Brosnan’s Bond.
    Case in point:Die Another Day.
    Their scripts were only improved by having class A scriptwriters like Paul Haggis rewrite all their work.
    I hope they’ll never be allowed to write a Bond film again.
    Good riddance.

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  • Moe

    Saw it last night. I honestly went in with sky high expectations, I thought it would be as good as Casino Royale. Nope.

    Skyfall was just too long, IMO, and a little too drab or something. I have never been a huge fan of Dench’s M, and so I couldn’t get invested emotionally. Craig has the physique of a gymnast and yet he is acting like he is an old and out of shape man? Huh? I get the wound and the shooting shakes, but if he is going to play out of shape 007, he should probably BE out of shape.

    Bardem was good as always, but I just found his character silly…which was probably kind of the point, but it was offputting to me. I loved Casino Royale, they caught magic with that movie….the poker scenes in CR were more interesting to me than half the Skyfall action stuff.

    Not bashing, and the ending was pretty cool. But overall I thought Skyfall was a bit better than QOS, but nowhere near Casino Royale. I’m almost ready for a new Bond, really…Craig’s brute force and everyman looks were fresh for the first one, and I enjoy him generally. But I am kind of longing for a little more dashing, good looking Bond, that guy I grew up wanting to be.

    Overall, IMO. Skyfall was a 6.5. QOS 4. CR 9.

  • Damon

    Really enjoyed Skyfall, definitely an 8-9 out of 10 for me. As much as I liked Pierce when he first took over bond, his pretty boy I don’t look tough started to wear out for me and his last movie was just bad. Daniel Craig’s gritty take a beating give out a beating type is just perfect for me. Hope they make at least 3 more Bonds with him as the lead.

    • Moe

      I am honestly looking forward to watching it again at home. I think it will be a movie I like much better the second time. I have just read critics saying it is possibly the best Bond, and I was let down. But, that also may have skewed my enjoyment factor. I think CR is as good as any of the old ones…I’d go top three…You only live twice, man with the golden gun, casino royale. Bonds are funny movies to rate, we all have those ones we saw growing up and loved. Goldeneye also a top one for me.

  • Moe

    I am honestly looking forward to watching it again at home. I think it will be a movie I like much better the second time. I have just read critics saying it is possibly the best Bond, and I was let down. But, that also may have skewed my enjoyment factor. I think CR is as good as any of the old ones…I\’d go top three…You only live twice, man with the golden gun, casino royale. Bonds are funny movies to rate, we all have those ones we saw growing up and loved. Goldeneye also a top one for me.

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