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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Thank goodness. Their track-record is less than stellar.

Skyfall was ok, but derivative as all hell.

It was nothing but a mashup of other movies, like You Only Live Twice, Mission Impossible, Goldeneye, The World Is Not Enough, The Dark Knight, etc...

Heck, even some of the music reminded me of The Dark Knight!

The script for Skyfall was sensational.

On the other hand, the script/story for Die Another Day is one of the biggest piles of plop I have ever witnessed.

I think, on the whole, they can be proud. Casino Royale and Skyfall are two of the very best Bond Movies, with moments of absolute brilliance scripted in (I know where you keep your gun...). They have overseen the reboot/reset of the franchise, and the results far exceeded my expectations.

Even The World is Not Enough is actually a pretty interesting story, although it's potential was never fulfilled. The script for Quantum of Solace was a bit of a mess but of course was hobnailed by the writers strike.

Agreed. These two guys have had a bit of a hit and miss in terms of screenplays. I don't believe it was completely their fault though, as the franchise was going down a direction where they was an obsession with gadgets. Casino Royale and Skyfall have made up for it.

Yeah I noticed the little bit of the dark knight theme in the scene where he clung to the bottom of the lift...and went up the building almost like Batman funny enough lol

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade get a lot of unnecessary criticism - well, apart from 'Die Another Day' that is - they had a pretty good track record and level of consistent quality; 'The World is Not Enough' had a thoroughly decent script but was undermined by lackluster direction/cinematography and poor editing choices, the first half of 'Die Another Day' was pretty good (until the ice palace entered the fray), and 'Casino Royale' was simply magnificent, period... the 'Quantum of Solace' script that ended up onscreen only had a few ideas from Purvis and Wades's original script as director Marc Forster ditched their draft when he signed on to the film in June 2007, starting a new one from scratch.

'Skyfall' I have yet to see, but if it's as awesome as people are saying, Mr's Purvis and Wade are smart to leave on such a high point... quit while you're ahead and take the capital with you to bank on future projects you might want to do.

Now - if - we - can - just - get - rid - of - Craig (Sid) Daniels!

skyfall to me is a miss. loved die another day and the world is not enough. To be fair to Daniel Craig, he is performing well enough. Its just that some people consider him not handsome enough for the bond role

Please no. Go away Mendes. Casino Royale was such a good film, there was no need to reinvent James Bond again, especially not into something so cheesy. The only reasons I can think of for Skyfall doing so well are misplaced excitement from the first 2 Daniel Craig Bonds, and the way-over-the-top gushing from critics. It was a mess, the action was boring and the script was embarrassing.

Getting bought by a different production company would be the best thing that could happen to this franchise. Shame MGM didn't go bankrupt, after all...

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