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Frost/Nixon's Peter Morgan Hired to Write James Bond 23

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June 12, 2009

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MGM and EON Productions have announced the writers for the upcoming James Bond 23. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, co-writers of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, will return again. They will be joined by the Oscar nominated Peter Morgan, of The Last King of Scotland, The Queen, The Other Boleyn Girl, and Frost/Nixon. I don't think this means we can expect a very political Bond movie, but it does mean it will still remain in very British hands! Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in the film, which will be a MGM release. They have not yet announced a start date for production on this.

"Peter, Neal and Robert are extraordinarily talented and we're looking forward to working with the three of them," producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said. Oscar winning screenwriter Paul Haggis was brought on as the third writer alongside of Purvis and Wade on both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Although a lot of people thought Quantum of Solace was not as good as Casino Royale, I thought they were both fantastic Bond movies. With the Vesper storyline finally wrapped up, it'll be exciting to see where they decide to go next. Maybe we'll finally see Q? And who will they choose to direct this one? Any thoughts?

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  • Isaac
    Danny Boyle!!!
  • xerxex
    ooh thats good, but is the director still on from Quantum of Solace? Not a bad director but if Casino Royale worked so well then why the hell did they get rid of Martin Campbell? I had heared that Crig wasn't keen on doing more Bond films but I'm glad that it seems to be coming together with Craig still involved! however qunatum of Solace was fantastic, but it just seemed to me why rid us of Campbell?
  • RPD
    I also thought QoS was fantastic...
  • xerxex
    I second Danny Boyle.
  • Bryan
    I third Danny Boyle! Perhaps even Joe Wright or Andrew Niccol. I think they would take the series in a great direction as well.
  • Dave Lister, JMC
    OK... just as an absurd, "it'll never happen" suggestion: Mel Gibson... we know he can do action well and he is, also, good at character driven scenes. Like I said though... it'll never happen. Other than that, Danny Boyle is a good suggestion. I think Alan Parker could make a great Bond film... Frank Darabont... Peter Weir... Roger Donaldson... and anyone who has watched the Indiana Jones DVD extras knows that Spielberg used to want to make a Bond film, which might turn out interesting, although he would probably undo the tone established in CR and QoS.
  • I'd like to see Pierre Morel take a crack at directing a Bond movie. I mean, did you SEE Taken? That's some good stuff there. Plus, he did the first Transporter movie, so he has the action movie cred. As long as they go forward with the Casino Royale Bond (the one who relies more on his wits than his strength, but will break heads when needed) instead of the QoS Bond (who is basically Indiana Jones meets Ethan Hunt) I think they'll do okay. Focus more on story, less on mindless explosions. More on one or two important locations, less on a "globe-trotting" adventure.
  • d
    Anyone think they should make a prequel to why they had to skip to 007 and not the other ones?
  • ray
    #8....what? who cares about 001-006! lol
  • w00t!!!
    Always been curious about that, previous agents and what happened to them. 007 is a title though and not a number given as he's the seventh. M mentions this, making a Bond a 007...like making him a spy, or an agent, or...you get it.
  • zach
    i remember in the old video game 007 Goldeneye they had agent 006 they should get jason statham play 006! he would be good at it annnddd he's british!
  • StevenP
    @ #11 - the reason 006 was in the goldeneye game was because he was in the movie as well strangely. And on the note of a britsh actor fortunately he was played by Sean Bean. If you watch the rest of the bond series you occasionally hear about the other double-o agents eg. 003 dies in octopussy.
  • Dustin
    Thank You #12, how can you guy's call yourself Bond fans if you can't remember that? The whole story to GoldenEye involved 006. I'm a casual fan of the Bond series, but GoldenEye, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace are certainly the best of the last 30 years or so.... in my opinion.
  • Dustin
    I wouldn't mind seeing what Christopher Nolan could do with Bond, but I'm not sure if he could make a movie without Michael Caine and Christain Bale, not that that is a bad thing...
  • Have you guys even seen any of Danny Boyle's movies. Try watching the last act of "Sunshine" That's what he will do to bond if you want him to direct. (everything will be so blurry, can never tell what your looking at) His way of editing a movie is really crappy! I'd rather have Len Wiseman or Wolfgang Peterson, But not Danny Boyle!
  • elessar
    Interesting choices, Dave Lister. However, I'm not sure how I feel about a non-Brit directing 007. If Britain has a flagship franchise (to the extent that any country does), it would be James Bond and having a non-Brit helm it just seems wrong. BTW, is Alan Parker still around? Haven't heard much from him lately.
  • elessar
    Having just looked at Alan Parker's IMDb page, I must modify my previous comment. I had no idea he was British. In light of that, I would be entirely fine with him helming the next installment. As for Peter Morgan doing the script...excellent! He's a great writer. @Xerxex: I think Campbell didn't return because the studio wanted the film ready in 2008 and he wanted more time to make sure everything was done right.
  • Bryan
    @#11 HAHAHAHA, wow that's the best laugh I've had all week! ...SOMEONE apparently didn't see the film. and even if they did bring back 006 I would only go and watch it if Sean Bean played him again.
  • Chuck Norris
    The Vesper storyline may have been wrapped up, but the Quantum/Mr. White storyline wasn't. I'm sure the next movie will continue on there. Can't wait!
  • ^ I'm just hoping that Mr. White/Quantum storyline is just part of the "bigger picture." As in, instead of SPECTRE, we now have Quantum, and the organization will always randomly pop up in movies (and they'll never be entirely gone).
  • zach
    ok apparently noone understood numer 8 and 10 or myself i was talking about a spin off for 006 movie i dont watch things that were made before me suck fuck old bond
  • xerxex
    Thanks elessar I never really got the reason why Campbell didn't get the chance, at least there is some clairifacation!
  • Moviegimp
    Hmm, wonder if they will use a short story title again. There are only two left of Ian Fleming's novels Risico and The Hildebrand Rarity. The plot of Risico was already used as part of For Your Eyes Only so probably not that one. I never read the John Gardner Bond novels but I like the title Icebreaker, that could work. They could remake Moonraker as well. I like Moonraker but it's rather silly and novel is excellent. Did not like QoS so I hope they use more of Fleming's plots.
  • John J
    How about John 'Die Hard' McTiernan.
  • chanel + connor
    To james bond me and my freind our such a big fan of you am chanel and am 9 and connor is 7 we always play your missons lots of love from chanel + connor ps.if you ever come to one of are houses please bring 2 guns for me and my freind bye ,,,,
  • I would have to say that I didn't think this actor as Bond was not going to make it but he really is doing a good job. I would what the title is going to be for this film.

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