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Shocking. Positively Shocking…

December 21, 2009

A new interview with screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) has revealed some limited information regarding the 23rd James Bond film.

Morgan was writing the Bond 23 screenplay from July to October of this year and described it as “a shocking story”. He also stated, “There is a level of hysteria that I haven’t seen before. [James Bond] is a magnet for publicity—everyone wants to know what is going on with the new film.”

Pre-production for Bond 23  has been put on hold until February as MGM, through which EON Productions release the 007 pictures, is up for sale. Because of this, it was also revealed that work on the next Bond film has been put on hold until February 2010.

So long as Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are involved in the Bond series, I have little-to-no faith for the next film. I hope Peter Morgan can infuse some intelligence in the next Bond story, rather than making it yet another “shoot ’em up”, impotent, mindless James Bond adventure.


Michael Sheen not appearing in Bond 23

September 11, 2009

The Press Association reports that Michael Sheen, star of Frost/Nixon, has denied rumors that he’ll appear in the next James Bond film.

Following the release of Quantum of Solace, various tabloids claimed that Sheen would appear in the next James Bond outing as a villain; specifically as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a character who has been an arch-nemesis of James Bond for over 40 years.

Sheen stated, “The rumors are I might be playing Blofeld, the Bond villain, because Peter Morgan, who I’ve done Frost/Nixon, The Queen and The Damned United with, is writing it – there is no truth to those rumours.”

He summed the statement up with a smile, saying, “I wish I could tell you different, but no.”

Peter Morgan to write Bond 23…

June 13, 2009

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have verified that Peter Morgan will be penning the new Bond screenplay, alongside Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

Morgan has won and been nominated for various awards for his work on Frost/Nixon, The Queen, and The Last King of Scotland, just to name a few.
Though it seems as if Morgan has the capabilites of writing a quality screenplay, I’m still worried about Purvis and Wade’s involvement. It’s good to have Paul Haggis out of the picture, though, as I don’t think he really contributed anything outstanding to the last two Bond pictures. I’m glad to know that EON is actually planning ahead this time, and choosing a writer from the get-go, instead of scrambling around like a chicken with its head cut off, moving from writer to writer as they did with Quantum of Solace.

Overall, I think Morgan has potential. Let’s hope he adds something fresh to the series, while keeping it Bondian. I’ll be disappointed if we get another generic Bond as Bourne action flick.