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James Bond: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade Approached to Write Next 007 Movie (Report)

Variety logo Variety 3/10/2017 Leo Barraclough
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Screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have penned several James Bond movies, have been approached to write the script for the next 007 film, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Purvis and Wade, whose most recent work includes miniseries “SS-GB,” have written or contributed to the scripts of six Bond films including the last outing, “Spectre.” The 007 production company Eon Prods., and Purvis and Wade’s agency, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, have yet to confirm the approach.

Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have flagged their desire for Daniel Craig to return as 007 for the untitled Bond 25. He has yet to decide, although he’s keener to do it than not, the Mail claims.

Speaking to The Telegraph in February, the writers suggested the new film would be “quite different” to 2015’s “Spectre,” especially in the light of the rise of President Donald Trump and Brexit.

“I’m just not sure how you would go about writing a James Bond film now,” Wade said. “Each time, you’ve got to say something about Bond’s place in the world, which is Britain’s place in the world. But things are moving so quickly now, that becomes tricky. With people like Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality. So when they do another one, it will be interesting to see how they deal with the fact that the world has become a fantasy.”

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