Veteran 007 writers Purvis and Wade rehired to salvage Bond 25
Neal Purvis and Robert Wade returning to James Bond after Danny Boyle’s departure
Daniel Craig in Spectre, the sixth James Bond film with writing credits for Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Photograph: United Artists
As producers try to get the next James Bond film back on track, after the abrupt departure of Danny Boyle as its director, reports have emerged that the series’ longtime writers, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, have been rehired to produce a new script.
According to the Daily Mail, Purvis and Wade have returned to the 25th Bond movie, having had their original treatment for the film set aside when producers opted to go with Boyle and a script by him and his regular writing collaborator, John Hodge.
Now the planned 2019 release has had to be postponed, however, its producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson are scrambling to avoid further disruption, and the rehiring of Purvis and Wade, who have worked on every Bond film since 1999’s The World Is Not Enough, was almost inevitable. An unnamed source is quoted in the Mail as saying Purvis and Wade’s outline had been accepted before Boyle and Hodge came into the picture; they have now been given the go-ahead to complete a full script.
It is not clear what the “creative differences” were that led Boyle to leave Bond 25. The actor Jonathan Pryce suggested that producers “couldn’t take a socialist Bond”; another possibility is that Boyle had his choice of actors – principally Tomasz Kot as the lead villain – vetoed by executives.
But the latter scenario has been thrown into doubt by a claim by the Kite Runner and Wonder Woman star Saïd Taghmaoui that he had been cast as the main villain. He told the Abu Dhabi publication the National: “I’m supposed to do the next James Bond, playing the lead bad guy.” However, Taghmaoui also mentioned the upheaval caused by Boyle’s departure, saying: “I was cast by Danny Boyle, and just now he left the project, so of course there’s some uncertainty.” – Guardian