Posts Tagged ‘Neal Purvis’

2010: James Bond back in action again?

October 23, 2009

According to Access Hollywood, actor Daniel Craig told fans that Bond 23 starts up in late 2010.

An extra year will probably help MGM sort out their current financial situation, also.

As of now, we know that Bond 23 is being written by  Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and Peter Morgan, who penned “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon”. David Arnold will return to compose his sixth Bond film score. However, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have yet to announce a director.

This is good news. Perhaps it’ll give the Bond team a chance to develop a fresh story, with fresh characters. Maybe they’ll use the time wisely to seek out an experienced director, too.


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.

Bond 23: A Standalone Adventure

December 8, 2008

Article Link: ::: Daniel Craig talks about the future of JAMES BOND

Major points of the article:

– Bond 23 will be standalone: there will be no “Casino Royale” / “Quantum of Solace” / “Bond 23” trilogy. Craig said, No fucking way. I’m done with that story. I want to lie on a beach for the first half an hour of the next movie drinking a cocktail.”

– Q and Moneypenny may return: Craig states, “Let’s try and find where Moneypenny came from and where Q comes from.”

I’m hardly thrilled about this news. This is all we need – Purvis and Wade mucking up this new, supposedly “continuity-friendly” Bond series. I wonder what they’d like to bring back? An invisible car, perhaps? I like the serious Bond. I like the Bond who actually kicks peoples’ asses, rather than shooting them, or relying on gadgets. I like the unhappy endings. I don’t mind Moneypenny returning, briefly, for each film, as she did in “Dr. No”, and so on. Though, I think Q’s done with. Llewelyn, rest in peace, has left us. John Cleese did a terrible job with the character, thus proving that it’ll be a hard act to follow.

Then again, this is what the people want. I think the ignorant audiences, these days, like a mindless getaway film. After almost 10 years of Brosnan, they need to be corrected.

I don’t know. I just hope they don’t end up ruining Craig’s series.

James Bond at the Oscars…

November 18, 2008

According to the LA Times, James Bond is trying to break his way into the Academy Awards.

Article Link: ‘Quantum of Solace’ is running for several Oscars

Personally, I can’t see “Quantum” snagging anything at the Oscars, even if it does get a few nominations- and that’d only happen if they were lucky. I believe someone from the Academy once stated (and don’t quote me here) that nominating or selecting a Bond film for a category at the Oscars would be something of a joke. In a way, this isn’t fair. If a film’s top-notch, then it deserves recognition at any awards ceremony, including the Academy Awards.

As for “Quantum”, as I wrote in my review, I think it’s a pretty solid Bond film. Certainly, it’s nothing like the classics, but it holds up pretty well next to  them. Does Forster deserve a Best Director Oscar for the film? Eh… I’m not sure, as I’ve not seen many films this year. Most of them have been crap, other than “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (that was entertaining, at least), “The Dark Knight”, and “Quantum of Solace”. I saw “The Ruins” in May, and that was so terrible that it was cringe-worthy. I enjoyed Forster’s direction in this film, so if he got a nomination, I wouldn’t complain. Actually, I’d be quite happy for him.

For the other categories, I’m really not sure. Daniel Craig did a fabulous job of acting, but maybe he’ll trump himself with that “Defiance” picture, and end up snagging a nomination or award for that. The Haggis-Purvis-Wade screenplay wasn’t Academy Award-worthy gold, and I expect that to win nothing, nor get nominated. There were plot holes, cheap/cliche scenes, and limited dialogue – after all, half of the film was action. The art direction was great, as was the cinematography. Arnold’s score was promising, for a Bond film, but overall weak. The film editing was quick, fast-paced, and well-done, in my opinion. As for that White/Keys theme song… give me a break. If that gets nominated, I know a few people who are going to be pissed.

Best of luck to “Quantum” at the Oscars. While I don’t think it deserves much in some categories, it was still one of the high-quality flicks of this year. Also, good luck getting past the snobs at the Academy, Bond. Although, with their low standards (“Lord of the Rings” and its multiple wins?), a quality film like “Quantum” may have a decent chance.

We’ll see…