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Not sure when this is due, I think it's toward the end of 2010 but I may be quite wrong on this and could be aiming for summer 2011. Anyway, this is the first real movement we've had on the film that's Bond 23 at the moment.

From Comingsoon.net

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.

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.

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I find it slightly baffling that Purvis and Wade were ever hired for the reboot of the series, given that they were at least partially responsible for the worst Bond film ever made. Still, they did come up with Casino Royale so all credit to them.

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It's interesting because the last 2 Bond actors have witnessed a great debut then massive drop-off in quality for their subsequent releases.

I hope Daniel Craig's tenure can buck that trend, but Quantum of Solace was pretty forgettable...

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Indeed, not thrilled to see Purvis and Wade return yet again. Was hoping Haggis would be there as I rate him as the guy who polished up Casino Royale into such a good script. But for some reason Wade and Purvis keep getting hired....

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No surprise they ditched Haggis, he was quite critical of the final cut of QOS......

The choice of director for B23, will be crucial to its success, its clear to me that Foster was way out of his depth on QOS, totally the wrong choice for an action flick, the producers, Wilson and Broccoli, were trying to be too clever by half im afraid, hiring him.

If you try and bring an art house pretentious attitude to something like the Bond franchise, it will end in failure.

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I'm just looking forward to the first fully-featured Bond that Craig is doing, now the character re-boot / re-introduction is done and the storyline is finished regarding Vesper and the heartbreak. Lets stick closer to the old Bond scripts whilst keeping the more modern gritty edge. I'm cautiously optimistic.

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Well, Purvis and Wade are studio-friendly "rent-a-hacks" and that's why they keep getting given the gig. I hope that Morgan is on board for more than cursory rewrite duties, as with his input the script could be something special. Let's just pray that the Purvis and Wade anchor doesn't drag it down.

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Indeed. Thier resume is hardly inspiring stuff.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0701031/

I just don't know why they keep getting the gig. Out of the last 4 Bond films (of which they wrote them all), only one I would say was really good and I put that down mainly to Haggis who I have a lot of time for (C'mon Due South...).

I don't know why they don't change writers as often as they change directors - just to freshen things up really.

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I don't know why they don't change writers as often as they change directors - just to freshen things up really.

Aside from the whole "taking orders" thing, Purvis and Wade are reliable for delivering drafts on a deadline, which, given the speedy production schedule of Bond movies, is a godsend for the producers.

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I just don't know why they keep getting the gig. Out of the last 4 Bond films (of which they wrote them all), only one I would say was really good and I put that down mainly to Haggis who I have a lot of time for (C'mon Due South...).

Wait, so you're saying out of the last 4 that Quantum of Solace was the good one? Look, I liked that movie, but Casino Royale was clearly superior. Also TWINE is a great Bond movie, so great even Denise Richards can't ruin it.

Anyway - scripts don't mean much in Bond, directors do. Bond scripts are just cliches to tie up the action sequences. Quantum of Solace was particularly terrible in this regard - what was the plot again? I don't remember - but I enjoyed the action sequences. Quantum's problem was that the action sequences were all directed by the 2nd unit, the bits in between were crap: i.e. bad director.

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Wait, so you're saying out of the last 4 that Quantum of Solace was the good one? Look, I liked that movie, but Casino Royale was clearly superior. Also TWINE is a great Bond movie, so great even Denise Richards can't ruin it.

Anyway - scripts don't mean much in Bond, directors do. Bond scripts are just cliches to tie up the action sequences. Quantum of Solace was particularly terrible in this regard - what was the plot again? I don't remember - but I enjoyed the action sequences. Quantum's problem was that the action sequences were all directed by the 2nd unit, the bits in between were crap: i.e. bad director.

Actually I thought QOS was rubbish, as I understand it Haggis played a bigger part in the scripting of CR than he did QOS?

Either way I disagree Bond scripts are merely there to tie up the action scenes. Mainly becuase we've in the past had really good bond movies (Goldeneye, CR) and really bad Bond movies (DAD, QOS) must mean that the script makes a different. Oh and TWINE is pretty crap.

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Aside from the whole "taking orders" thing, Purvis and Wade are reliable for delivering drafts on a deadline, which, given the speedy production schedule of Bond movies, is a godsend for the producers.

To be fair, they also can't be blamed too much because they are always under orders from the producers. E.g. Die Another Day may have been terrible but when given the chance to do something more interesting with Casino Royale they did quite well. So to give the some producers some credit, they may be just being fair in acknowledging that the weaknesses of the films were often their own fault rather than the writers.

Having said that, it is a bit odd.

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Actually I thought QOS was rubbish, as I understand it Haggis played a bigger part in the scripting of CR than he did QOS?

Hmm, you're right. I thought he didn't come into the picture until QoS.

Either way I disagree Bond scripts are merely there to tie up the action scenes. Mainly becuase we've in the past had really good bond movies (Goldeneye, CR) and really bad Bond movies (DAD, QOS) must mean that the script makes a different.

My point is that a film is more about a good director than it is a good script. A good script with a bad director = bad movie. A bad script in the hands of a great director can be made into a great movie.

Oh and TWINE is pretty crap.

Wrong! Die Another Day and Tomorrow Never Dies on the other hand: bobbins.

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From Digital Spy

Michael Sheen is in talks to play the villain in the next James Bond film, reports say.

The actor has been approached to take on the role of legendary bad guy Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the Daily Express reports.

Sheen, 40, would re-team with The Queen and Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan, who has been confirmed as a co-writer on the latest instalment.

The diabolical leader of global criminal organisation SPECTRE was seen in six previous Bond films, where he was played by actors including Donald Pleasence, Charles Gray and Telly Savalas.

Max Von Sydow starred as Blofield in unofficial 007 outing Never Say Never Again in 1983. However, the last legitimate appearance of the character on screen was in For Your Eyes Only in 1981.

"Michael is hot property right now and it's felt he's the man to bring Blofeld back to life," a source said. "Michael was a Bond fan in his youth, so this would be a dream role for him."

The 23rd 007 adventure, the third outing for Daniel Craig, will reportedly film in Afghanistan. It is scheduled for a 2011 release.

I doubt this is true - considering they've only just started writing the thing. Kevin McClory owns the rights to use the SPECTRE agency if I recall correctly but not the character of Blofeld. Blofeld and Quantum?

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I doubt this is true - considering they've only just started writing the thing. Kevin McClory owns the rights to use the SPECTRE agency if I recall correctly but not the character of Blofeld. Blofeld and Quantum?

I might be wrong, but doesn't McClory just own the rights to the story of Thunderball? I'm pretty sure SPECTRE was name checked in You Only Live Twice. Anyway, it's entirely possible we could see a return of Blofeld. I think we would have seen him sooner if it hadn't been for the Austin Powers movies. Although they would still have to change his look to be as far away from Donald Pleasance/Dr Evil as possible. Maybe Sheen (or whoever eventually does it) would be fine rocking something of a Max Von Sydow look.

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You are right, I'm sure, that McClory holds the rights (or did) to remake Thunderball (and is credited with some story aspects) but nothing more. It's hellishly complex and the court case in one guise or another has run from 1963 to 2008.

I reckon, if he wasn't in a lot of legal hot water, that John McTiernan would make a great director for Bond 23.

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I reckon, if he wasn't in a lot of legal hot water, that John McTiernan would make a great director for Bond 23.

JFC, are you kidding? McTiernan hasn’t done a good film since Die Hard 3 in 1995, and even that wasn’t exactly brilliant.

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God I hope this is better than Quantum of Solace. To tell you the truth I didn’t much like Casino Royale either, was great up until the Poker tournament, but just kind of fell off after that for me. I know the producers are trying to get away from the sheer silliness that was Die Another Day, but if I wanted to watch a Bourne movie I’d watch a Bourne movie.

Totally agree with those who said The World is not Enough was a good Bond, not at all in the same bracket as Die Another Day or Tomorrow Never Dies.

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  • 4 months later...

Not much really -

CommanderBond.net alerted us to a video in which Daniel Craig says that James Bond 23 will start filming at the end of 2010. The star was asked about the next film as he exited the stage door for "A Steady Rain," a Broadway play he is currently performing in with Hugh Jackman. As you can see in the video below right before the one-minute mark, Craig says "We start at the end of next year."

It will be the third 007 installment starring Craig. His previous two films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, earned $594 million and $586 million, respectively, at the worldwide box office.

Peter Morgan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are writing the script for the 23rd film, which does not have a director attached yet.

http://commanderbond.net/8082/daniel-craig...-next-year.html

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Isn't there some shadowy organization called "The Union" in those Bond books that aren't written by Fleming? Bond would beat them easily anyway, as the evil henchmen would always be on strike, demanding better working conditions for cleaning the pool full of piranhas. Or something.

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