Purvis & Wade Deliver Script for Bond 22

CommanderBond.net is reporting (per Variety) that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, screenwriters (or co-writers) for the last three Bond films, ” have just completed and turned in their draft of the Bond 22 script.”

CBn observes that

Presumably, this is one of the early drafts for Bond 22 (and possibly the first) since the script was previously described as being unfinished as of 23 March

I’m not a Purvis & Wade fan. Most Bond fans I know aren’t. TWINE is not a favorite of mine, and DAD falls apart just past the halfway point. Their only great script is CR, which was co-written by Paul Haggis. And since Haggis is a big time award-winner, I hesitate to credit Purvis & Wade for CR’s excellence.

Still, this draft script will clearly be polished by other hands, as well as by Purvis and Wade, and it is good to know that things are on track.

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6 Responses to “Purvis & Wade Deliver Script for Bond 22”

  1. Butterfly Says:

    This is a tricky point for the franchise. The sucess of CR was due to a confluence of great acting, script and good direction. A weak P&W script for 22 could leave DC without the vehicle to flex his acting muscles. That would be a shame. Maybe Haggis can ride in again, but at some point that will get old for him. Here’s hoping P&W hit the ball out of the park!

  2. Deborah Lipp Says:

    I agree about the “tricky point.” Because CR only works as a reboot, it cannot sustain as a regular entry to the series. So everything rides on Bond 22.

  3. Boromir006 Says:

    I think the powers that be seem to have gotten the point that they can’t just plug the elements into the formula and walk away with a winner – that it takes good writing too.

    I get the feeling based on what we’ve seen that Purvis & Wade are better at laying out plots than crafting dialogue. So maybe it’s enough for them to get the story structure in shape and then bring someone else in to polish the spoken words.

    I gather Aaron Sorkin will likely be free since it seems “Studio 60” is going down to defeat. Might I put forth his name for consideration if Paul Haggis isn’t interested?

  4. Deborah Lipp Says:

    I think the powers that be seem to have gotten the point that they can’t just plug the elements into the formula and walk away with a winner – that it takes good writing too

    True for the hardcore fans, and perhaps the reviewers, but DAD was a huge box office success. I admire the fact that Eon didn’t change the series because they had to economically, but because they chose to artistically.

    I gather Aaron Sorkin will likely be free since it seems “Studio 60″ is going down to defeat. Might I put forth his name for consideration if Paul Haggis isn’t interested?

    Boromir, you know I adore Aaron Sorkin, but he is quintessentially American, his concerns are quintessential American concerns, and his idiom is American culture, politics, sports, and media. He is absolutely the wrong writer for our favorite British hero.

  5. Boromir006 Says:

    Well, Sorkin did write most of Sean Connery’s dialogue for The Rock, including the memorable exchange between him and Ed Harris about differing opinions on patriotism. I suppose it depends on the type of story being told. But Paul Haggis being Canadian didn’t seem to hurt his ability to write Bond. (Oh well, not like Sorkin’s going to get hired anyway – just idle wishful thinking!)

  6. Deborah Lipp Says:

    It’s not that an American shouldn’t write Bond, it’s just that I think of Sorkin as being particularly concerned with the Americna idiom, having done most of his writing about politics, sports, the military, and the media.

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