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James Bond 24 Script Getting Completely Rewritten at Last Minute

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August 1, 2014
Source: Baz Bamigboye

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For awhile now we've known that Skyfall director Sam Mendes was getting back behind the camera for James Bond 24, the next installment of the spy franchise starring Daniel Craig as 007. The script was again coming from John Logan, writer of Skyfall, but now a report from The Daily Mail's reliable Baz Bamigboye says frequent Bond franchise writers Neil Purvis and Robert Wade were brought in for a last minute rewrite. In fact, the source calls it a "rescue" of the original screenplay that has been completely overhauled, with a previous report from the same source saying Logan's script was "politely moved aside."

Maybe they're just using the same basic story now as the new script from Purvis and Wade has been said to add more thrills. The new effort has reportedly already been given the greenlight and Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are ready to march forward with production in late November or early December of this year. This is a strange twist of fate since Mendes actually brought in Logan to rewrite what Purvis and Wade had initially written for Skyfall. Why these three just don't write the screenplay together is beyond me, but whatever.

Now we're just waiting to see who ends up joining Daniel Craig in action this time around. Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris are all set to return as M, Q and Miss Moneypenny respectively, and there have been rumblings that Chiwetel Ejiofor might face-off against Bond as the bad guy this time. If production begins on schedule later this year, we should get a better word on casting over the next few months. But for now, we'll just eagerly await the release of James Bond 24 on November 6th, 2015, and hope that we'll have a real title for the film soon as well.

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  • DAVIDPD
    I don't want to call this bad news, but this is bad news.
  • Brian Sleider
    This certainly does not bode well.
  • Stephen Ritchie
    Oh great another film to use the James Bond character as some kind of generic action hero. The Bond franchise should learn from the Bourne films in terms of elements as even the Bourne films a spy thriller directly ripped off from the Bond franchise has had more spy stuff than Bond now.
  • OfficialJab
    Now the villain meant to get caught so that he could break out.
  • Tey
    Skyfall is way overrated unlike Casino Royale which was way underrated.
    • Bl00dwerK
      Quantum of Solace, too. It's better than Skyfall...
      • Jon Odishaw
        quantum of solace wasnt bad, but the way casino royale ended there was so much potential and qos didnt go in the right direction imo. I liked skyfall, it wasnt GREAT but it was good.
    • http://www.sonicmayhem.com Sascha Dikiciyan
      FINALLY some people here with a common sense. I NEVER understood that ohhh and ahhh about Skyfall. It was just a dumb Bond movie. Some of the little nods were cool but in general it was a step back. Visually it sure looked great but Sam Mendez cannot direct action whatsoever. So whole first part is so sluggish and slow, its like wait...she MISSED the shot?? It was a lame opening and the rest was a mess too. However it seemed most people liked it. That's OK. I was one of the few that didn't thought QOS was that bad. Its action was a lot better paced than Skyfall's.
      • Very_Angry_Person
        I thought QOS was fantastic.......... I loved the chase/fall through the glass roof/swinging around on ropes and platforms sequence over the entire Skyfall movie.
        • http://www.sonicmayhem.com Sascha Dikiciyan
          I think really QOS only flaw is that most people were confused as to what it actually was Bond was after. And i really did not care for the Bond girl. Also to keep in mind, they shot the movie without a finished script due to the writers strike back then. Considering all things, the movie turned out well, IMO.
    • Avi
      True...
  • Bl00dwerK
    Thank God. Skyfall was a mess. I haven't even bothered to watch it again on bluray...
    • Very_Angry_Person
      Interesting. I've only watched it the once as well. I couldn't see what all the gush was about. I enjoyed Quantum far more.........
      • Bl00dwerK
        Same here, buddy. Not sure why Quantum isn't loved more...
      • Gohikeone
        Yes I agree! So glad to see some QoS love in these comments. The CR QoS storyline must be looked at as a whole (in my mind) to be appreciated. QoS is like a missing fourth act to CR, a long closer. I have trouble defending Skyfall...I thought it was fairly weak and as someone else said, a big step backwards. I truly hope they bring in the Quantum organization again and make James Bond the clever spy he has been in the past, not a simple action hero.
      • ZaxxerDog
        Oh come on, Quantum of Solace is a horribly edited, horribly paced and horribly written movie, it would be a mediocre action flick overall if it wasn't a Bond movie. The thing is that a Bond movie is supposed be a spy-action flick with a strong emphasis on the "spy" part. That's what Skyfall did perfectly: it was stylish and elegant with a strong focus on character development. If you want to watch a film where you get an action sequence every 5 minutes you can find more than enough of that in the States, Bond movies have a larger focus on the European audience where subtlety and a good buildup is sometimes more important than action sequences packed on each other because let's face it: that's exactly what Quantum of Solace was.
        • Very_Angry_Person
          Do some research on how difficult it was to make QOS. The studio had given them a fixed release date, there was a writers strike. They had to make it up as they went along, basically. Let's see you do better before slamming everyone else for enjoying it.
          • ZaxxerDog
            Sure, production had its difficulties, most Bond fans know that but the thing is that nobody pointed a gun at the producers demanding to release the movie in 2008. MGM was in financial troubles, they had to release it as it was while it's very clear looking at the film that it desperately needed additional production time. It was a hard call but also a bad one and such things don't really excuse the film's final quality because while it's crystal clear to me that Marc Forster and his crew can do a lot better than QoS, at the end you don't see that on the movie.
  • http://www.sonicmayhem.com Sascha Dikiciyan
    I would like them to see: - Get rid of Mendez and hire a director capable of some real action (Bourne movies minus the shaking). - Hire David Arnold for the score again. Skyfalls music was weak. I really think they need that John Barry sound back... - Gadgets. With all the cool real toys we have today (iphone, ipad) im sure with some modifications they would make badass tools for Bond. The whole Q introduction in SF was cute but laughable. In the case, his gun and..a midi radio from 1968. Nice. - Not a cliche Villain. I really think they can do better. Actually QOS bad dude was a step in the right direction. :)
  • MrFoo
    I read somewhere that they were adding more humor to the script. Why do I get the feeling they are heading back toward the Roger Moore days? Let's hope we don't eventually end up in Batman & Robin territory again. All they need is Joel Schumacher
  • Chris Groves
    Hmm...wonder if this might impact the production schedule and the release date? They only have a year and a few months. Mendes seems like the type who doesn't like to work on a difficult/tight/possibly creatively hampering schedule.

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