The folks behind Bond 24 had a tough time with that script. Even though Neal Purvis and Robert Wade opted out of the 24th installment after working on The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall, back in June, news broke that the duo would actually return to do some work on John Logan’s Bond 24 script, specifically stepping to give it some “punch.” However, it turns out, giving it a little punch might have been a bit of an understatement.
Even though it’s being reported that Logan’s script was in really bad shape, apparently they’ve fixed it up enough now to move forward with casting because there’s a rumor out there that Sam Mendes has his eye on Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) to star opposite Daniel Craig in the film. Hit the jump for more on that and the state of the script.
About a week ago, The Daily Mail (via The Playlist) claimed it was more of a “fire-alarm call” to Purvis and Wade from Mendes and Craig because they needed them to “rescue” the script. Purvis and Wade got the job done, submitted their material to producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and now the film’s got the desired amount of thrills to get a green light and go into production in late November or early December.
The Daily Mail’s source further explained:
“There was an awful lot of work to do. It was a big job. The impression given was that Purvis and Wade were hired to add jokes – but it was a bigger deal than that.”
Now that they’ve gotten past that, it’s time to prep the roster for the shoot. Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Wishaw and Naomie Harris are all set to return and according to Schmoes Know, Mendes is interested in having Seydoux join them. They don’t have any details on the part she’s up for, but while speculating about what it might be, Schmoes Know refers back to another report they released in March claiming to have spotted Miranda Frost on a casting breakdown. Here’s how that document described the character:
“Lead Female (30-40) Attractive, sophisticated, cool and calm secret agent.”
Will that be Seydoux’s role in the film? Will she even sign on the dotted line and officially join the cast at all? Who knows? None of this has been confirmed by the studio or any reps so far, so, as usual, we’re best off taking this information with a grain of salt until more concrete details emerge.