Bond 23 Has Its Screenwriters

Published 6 years ago by , Updated July 8th, 2014 at 9:21 am,

daniel craig james bond Bond 23 Has Its Screenwriters

The next installment in the long-running James Bond franchise (for now referred to as simply Bond 23), has had its screenwriters announced. They are the returning Neil Purvis and Robert Wade (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace), with a new addition of Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen, The Last King of Scotland). Daniel Craig will of course be reprising his role as 007, and the film will be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

Purvis and Wade are no strangers to the Bond franchise, having already helped to co-write the last four Bond movies together (on top of Daniel Craig’s first two Bond films, they also wrote The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day). So in light of that we can rest easy that the franchise is in experienced hands. But Morgan is the new addition, with his recent Oscar attention (he was nominated for both The Queen and Frost/Nixon) probably being a factor in his being chosen for Bond 23. This will mark the first of the new Bonds (since the Craig “reinvisioning”) that hasn’t had Crash writer/director Paul Haggis helping to pen the screenplay – only time will tell if his absence will be noticeable.

Other than the screenwriters, and that Craig is playing 007 again, we don’t have much other info on Bond 23. We don’t know what the plot of the film is, who will be playing the villain or the obligatory love interest, or even who the director is. But the confirmation of the trio of screenwriters is a strong sign that more information should be released soon.

Even though it seems strange that they would suddenly ditch Haggis as a screenwriter when he co-wrote the last two movies, I am very happy with the addition of Morgan. I always find that he takes subjects and events that seem hard to make into a workable movie and makes them very interesting and tense (the verbal battles in Frost/Nixon are phenomenal). Even if his movies haven’t been action-oriented so far, I still think his style of writing will suit the Bond franchise very well.

As far as the direction Bond 23 should take the legendary spy character, I would like to see Craig’s portrayal become a bit more reminiscent of what we’ve known of the character for years before he came along. Don’t get me wrong, I love Craig’s portrayal of 007 – to quote John Campea of The Movie Blog, “Finally a Bond who looks like he can kick my ass instead of kiss it.” – and don’t want him to fall back completely into the mold of past Bonds. But I would still like to see a bit more of the suave, playful, “lighter” side of the character. I hope the addition of Morgan to the writing roster can accomplish the right balance of the two extremes.

What do you think of the three writers that Bond 23 has acquired, particularly Peter Morgan? What direction would you like to see them take 007 in the next movie?

A production date on Bond 23 has yet to be set.

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  1. Lol, I’m a man of action! The correct action? Maybe not, but action none-the-less! :-D

  2. EMP? That’s assuming N. Korea relies on technology… :-D

    And plus, if the weapon is too sophisticated it’ll be hard for us to deny it was us who launched it…

  3. What’s to deny Ken…I mean Iraq..look at Iraq(zero WMD)…no fallout from that from the global community..Plausible deniability has not been a concern in the world these last 8 years

  4. Yah, it’s too bad the media chose not to focus on the things they DID have which were against countless sanctions placed on them.

    Missiles with a range longer than 90 miles: check
    Terrorist training camps (with fresh footprints when we got there): check
    One of the world’s top most wanted terrorist for the past 30 years Abu Nidal aka Sabri Al-Banna: check
    Mass graves: check

    Nope forget all of those, WMD WMD WMD!!! lol, I found it hilarious. I’m sure you found it pretty amusing too no?

    But it’s ok, the way things are going, we’ll probably try to make N. Korea happy by giving them billions of dollars of borrowed money…

  5. (Yah, it’s too bad the media chose not to focus on the things they DID have)

    The media is controlled…

  6. I’m reaching for my Team America dvd.

  7. Craig’s Bond should definitely start to evolve from the “weapon in a tux” into something resembling Connery’s Bond, just without the misogyny. Basically less brute force, more charm/wit, but none of that “he’s attempting reentry, Christmas comes once a year” crap.

  8. I hope the kep the whole continuity going from the past two movies. I liek the idea they had in Q of S and thought the movie was still good but it could not compete with CR. I would like to see them talk more about the secret organization and unravel teh mystery behind them. Also, they could bring back the past Bond girl and have her be the Bond girl for 2 movies…which has yet to be done. Bond didnt bump uglies with her in teh last movie and maybe we could see that happen in this movie