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BOND 23 Writers Locked In

Peter Morgan will co-write James Bond's 23rd film.

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 12, 2009
Source: MGM/Eon Prods.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions Ltd and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures have today announced that Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale) will be the screenwriters of the 23rd James Bond adventure.

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in the film, which will be a MGM release of an EON production. Bond 23 is the latest installment in the longest-running franchise in motion picture history and will be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. A date for the start of production is yet to be confirmed.

“Peter, Neal and Robert are extraordinarily talented and we’re looking forward to working with the three of them,” commented Wilson and Broccoli.

Peter Morgan is the award-winning writer of such films as The Last King of Scotland, The Queen and Frost/Nixon, which was based on his play. He has also scripted the upcoming The Special Relationship for HBO and Hereafter for DreamWorks. He will turn his attention to Bond 23 on completion of these duties. Morgan is represented by UTA (US) and Independent Talent Group (UK).

Since 1991 Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have collaborated on a diverse range of projects including The Italian Job, Johnny English and the past four Bond films. They recently adapted John Le Carre's The Mission Song and are also working on the upcoming sequel The Brazilian Job. Purvis and Wade are represented by Endeavor (US), Casarotto Ramsay & Associates (UK).


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redhairs99 6/12/2009 1:34:39 PM

Whose directing this Bond 23?  I hope it's not the same guy who did Quantum of Solace.  It's wasn't that it was a "bad" film per se.  It was a bad "Bond" film.  Bond has a film history going back to the early 60's.  He doesn't need to pretend he's Jason Bourne.

I did like Casino Royale though.  It managed to do more than just one long chase scene for 120 minutes.

Hobbs 6/12/2009 3:07:55 PM

I agree redhairs, I was saying that since I saw it.  Bond was trying to be Bourne in Quantum.


laforcer69@yahoo.com_home 6/12/2009 3:47:27 PM

RedHairs, Hobbs...It's not the directors fault that Quantum of Solace came out the way it did, it's the writers fault...Sure you can blame him to a small degree on how some of the action sequences turned out but then again, that was how they were written up and as far as I know, he had nothing to do with the screenplay...Now the writers they have now for the next installment have got me excited about how this next one will turn out....

phantomx69 6/12/2009 5:40:51 PM

i hope they plan on going back to the gadgets... the bourne bond is not a good concept, they claim the books are used up, not the case did they forget about the john gardner bond book series or raymond benson bond series these books were very good reads.  they are twisting bond toward a new generation, im sorry casino royale was good quantum so so im a big bond fan and want the franchise to return to its original concept, hes a super spy so he needs cool gadgets the villians need to return to being outrageous, bring back blofield spectre, and smersh.....

jfdavis 6/12/2009 8:57:07 PM

I don't think bringing back gadgets is a good thing.  Opeining that door would bring them back to huge special effects sequences and terrible acting. (Not that the last two have been stellar in that department but they've been at least forced to try...) They are bringing in SPECTRE hence the Mr. White, etc. stuff.  I guess they're calling it QUANTUM now or something but whatever...

xenomorph 6/13/2009 6:19:48 AM

I do not think that the Bond films are the longest running film series. I belive that distinction go's to the Godzilla franchise.

John Cornell 6/13/2009 8:40:11 AM

 I always like it when they refer to the Bond series as be the longest running franchise. Can't be sure where they do the math, but Edgar Rice Burroughs "Tarzan" is the longest running franchise. Far more films and far more incarnations both here in the USofA and abroad. Jarrod the swinger began in 1918 in film, not to mention an earlier stint on stage starring Alan Adare. Bonds 23 films are far behind Burroughs' creation. Hell Tarzan has had more actors play him then Bond has had films.

todd890 6/13/2009 9:02:36 AM

It's the same writer that did the first two new Bonds, personally I don't think he should be writting it at all. I find that Peter Morgan helped destroy the second Bond film.

That's my two cents.

JarrodSarafin 6/13/2009 1:20:37 PM

Agree with you John and I would put Frankenstein and Dracula up there too over Bond. But this was a direct press release from MGM/Eon Productions and we put these press releases up word-for-word from their statements.

Looking on the outside, I would bet they consider Tarzan, Frankenstein, etc to be of a separate category since they're frequently remade and remodeled to suit the time where as their Bond series is a series of consecutive films albeit with different actors.

redhairs99 6/13/2009 2:58:31 PM

Consecutive films?  Well, not anymore.

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