British screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have written five of the James Bond movies.  These are The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002),  Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), and most recently Skyfall. It … Continue reading

British Screenwriting Duo Confirms Departure From Bond Series

British screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have written five of the James Bond movies.  These are The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002),  Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), and most recently Skyfall.

It was announced a few weeks back that writer John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo, co-writer of Skyfall) had pitched his take on the next two Bond movies, and was already hard at work penning those scripts.

Now it’s essentially been confirmed that this is the case, straight from the mouths of Purvis and Wade.  They’re no longer attached to the Bond series, and based on their statements, this doesn’t seem like such a bad thing.

Wade says:

“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 adds:

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

The Daniel Craig iterations of 007 have already become instant classics (sans Solace), and I think these two guys had a lot to do with it.

Source: Doha Tribeca Film Festival

  • Kaos

    Tired of people dogging Quantum of Solace. I like it. Was it great like Casino Royale, no. But it was a nice companion piece.

  • R.D.F

    Quantum of Solace I’ll watch way before I’ll watch any of the Roger Moore era films after “Man with a Golden Gun”. Octopussy: Bond disguised as a clown. Epic Fail.

  • shogunmaster

    Quantum was made without a complete script. It was during the writers strike and they weren’t allowed to complete it so a lot of it was ‘made up’ as they filmed. No Bond movie should be made that way and Daniel Craig has said he’d walk out on his contract if he was ever asked to do that again. It’s more miracle that Quantum wasn’t way worse than it was. But ya, it’s certainly not even the worst Bond movie, sits happy in the middle of the pile. But also coming off of a stellar one like Casino, it was hard to see a midlevel movie.

  • myclawismypenis

    Different Bond ….different era…still some great movies.

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  • jazzyjules63

    Surprised they’re happy to put their name to QOS. Also surprised people still defend it. Beyond the non-script, it also had the worst action cinematography, worst title song and worst title sequence. It was majorly disappointing, following Casino Royale.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=550540487 Cathal Looby

    100% agree…huge let down after the brilliant Casino Royale.

  • LordVolta

    I felt like they tried to hard to make it like a cross between a Bourne flick (the action) and a Bond movie. The Bourne films were all the rage around the time QOS came out.

  • rsixsmith

    exactly. no i wasn’t WOWED by the story they way i was by casino royale and skyfall, but i was definitely entertained.