Bond 21:Empire Online recently sat down with the Orange screenwriters who apparently are drafting the upcoming Bond 21 film...

“We started writing the new one two weeks ago – so obviously all the cliches are already in place,” says Neal. “As far as we understand it, Pierce Brosnan is Bond. He’s a great Bond and he gives you a lot to work with as a writer because he’s very good looking. Seriously, he is very good at suggesting an undercurrent of – you don’t know what. He shows that there is a shadow on this man.”

“I don’t think there’s a more difficult task,” says Rob, of writing Bond. “It’s all been done. The twentieth film was harder than the nineteenth. It’s very difficult to think of new ways to blow things up! But character is the thing; it’s finding new ways to explore the character.”

So how about the once-rumoured Jinx movie? “We spent two months with Stephen Frears on it and it’s all down to the studio. Halle Berry was very happy, Stephen and the producers were happy and we were happy – but the studio didn’t want to make it. It was going to cost $80-90 million and Charlie’s Angels and Tomb Raider hadn’t done well, so they didn’t want to risk it,” says Neal.

Thanks to 'Catherine'

Brian B.