Skyfall writers confirm exit, Sam Mendes back for Bond 24?

News Simon Brew 19 Nov 2012 - 18:03

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade confirm that Skyfall is their last Bond film. But there's a hint that Sam Mendes is back for Bond 24...

Just days after the release of Skyfall in the UK, it was revealed that John Logan - the co-writer of the film, alongside Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade - had signed up to pen not just the 24th James Bond film, but the 25th adventure too. That seemed to mark the end of the 007 road for the screenwriting duo of Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have been on screenplay duties for every Bond since The World Is Not Enough. And now, the duo have indeed confirmed that their time writing for James Bond is over.

Chatting at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (and the news comes directly from a press release issued by the Doha Film Institute), Neal Purvis said, when asked if he planned to do more Bond films, "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".

He also admitted that the well-reported production delays worked in Skyfall's favour. "We benefited from the delays as we hadn't gotten the story right", he said. "The third act wasn't right. We gave ourselves a few weeks to come up with a new concept, which ultimately became a metaphor for our journey on these movies - our own Skyfall", said Purvis.

Wade then added that "we were going to stop with Quantum Of Solace, but it's good to go out on a high with Skyfall".

Some high, too. Skyfall is the most commercially successful Bond film of all time in terms of box office receipts, and the second biggest film of all time at the UK box office.

Rewind, though, to the second paragraph. Is Purvis suggesting there that Sam Mendes is staying on board the Bond franchise for another film? Whether he directs James Bond 24 or not, he seems to be contributing to the story. Thus, his own 007 adventure seems not to be complete...

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