Veteran James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been brought in to rewrite the script for Bond 24. The reason for the duo’s return has been revealed to be to give it more “punch”, the Daily Mail‘s Baz Bamigboye is reporting.
The changes come in reaction to the original script by the Oscar-nominated John Logan, who was given the sole scripting duties due to the original plan for Bond 24 and 25 being a continuous story. Purvis and Wade’s return has created what has been described as “polite turmoil” with one executive remarking that “Neal and Robert are only doing what was done to them. There’s no blood; no scars.”
Purvis and Wade have co-written five films in the series already, beginning with The World Is Not Enough, and the studio will be looking to inject that usual Bond feel.
Due to the wait on the new script, shooting will not begin until December – months after intended. This is the second delay on the project, with the first coming to allow returning director Sam Mendes to fulfil his stage commitments.
The change comes in the wake of the recent damning comments of former Q, John Cleese. Speaking in the Radio Times last week, Cleese labelled the newest Bond entries as “gritty and humourless.”
After stating that the box office revenue was coming from Asia, Cleese said that those audiences are going for the action sequences which he feels go on “too long” for that very reason. He continued his criticism by adding that “The audiences in Asia are not going for the subtle British humour, or the class jokes.”