The Trades has written an article about James Bond screenwriters Robert Wade and Neal Purvis. The talented writing duo penned the scripts for The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, as well as the highest-grossing Bond film of all-time, Casino Royale.
In the writeup, the two provide hints of what to expect in the next untitled film the franchise, commonly referred to as James Bond 22. Here is an excerpt from the article:
This increased focus on establishing Bond's character is a primary reason why other side characters such as Q and Moneypenny were left out of Casino Royale and may not be present in the next Bond film either. "Some people think they should be there, and some people know that they shouldn't be there," Wade tells me. "With the way Casino Royale ends, you know there's still unfinished business for Bond. He may say, 'The name's Bond, James Bond,' but there's still a lot of stuff churning up inside him. So, if you're going to explore that, and we've got this great actor to do that with, what you don't want to do is suddenly clamp it down with all these familiar elements that keep your focus off him. He's the great asset."
If either of the characters returns, Purvis says it would be easier to add Moneypenny to the storyline. "Q presents more problems," he says. "People have all got gadgets now. Other films have lots of gadgets as well...The idea of Q coming back, for the moment, it's just not a high priority."
Given the success of the book-to-screen adaptation of Casino Royale, rumors recently circulated that Bond's next adventure will be based on Ian Fleming's short story, "Risico." Wade flatly denies that rumor. "That's not the case," he tells me.
While quick to dispel the "Risico" connection, Wade refuses to deny rumors that Vesper's Algerian boyfriend will be one of the villains in Bond 22. "I can't comment," he simply states, leaving the door open for that storyline to potentially take shape.
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James Bond 22 is expected to arrive in theatres on November 7th, 2008.