Bond Writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade Go Out On A High

With James Bond reaching his 50th anniversary and just as Skyfall officially become the most successful Bond movie in its 23 film history, British screenwriting due Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have announced that after 15 years and five Bond movies, they will be leaving the franchise.

Speaking as part of a master class at the Fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival, the duo recalled their time on previous Bond films The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace and of course this year’s smash hit Skyfall.

The pair began by talking about how it all began:

When we were originally asked to come in to meet the Bond people, we weren’t expecting to be walking straight into a meeting with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson” said Neal Purvis, describing the moment they first started collaborating with the franchise’s producers. “Usually there are many other layers of people that stop you getting to the head honchos and we certainly were not expecting to be kept around for 15 years.

“When we met Eon Productions, only two of our screenplays had been made into films. It just seemed preposterous to us that they wouldn’t have other writers on the project” added Robert Wade.But they’d read a few of our other scripts and liked our sense of character and action. If there’s action without a story or a character angle, then it’s just boring.”

It was recently revealed that Skyfall co-writer John Logan will be penning a two part Bond movie to follow on from the record breaking 23rd outing. Purvis and Wade also hinted that director Sam Mendes could also be returning.

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.”

Purvis added, “We were going to stop with Quantum of Solace, but it’s good to go out on a high with Skyfall.

The pair were also asked about other projects outside of Bond. Wade divulged, saying, “We did get hired to write a script about Elton John stealing 11 of the best footballers in the world, to play against a team of robots on another planet.

That was our second paid job,” explained Purvis.

And what’s the only thing as a Bond writer you can’t do?

Time travel” says Purvis. “And killing him off” said Wade, before adding, “although we have been tempted.”

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