In a surprise move, Bond supremo Michael G Wilson (and daughter of the legendary Cubby) Barbara Broccoli have hired a new writer for the twenty-third Bond film:
Peter Morgan, writer of The Queen
and currently flavour of the month in Hollywood thanks to Frost/Nixon
. He's replacing Paul Haggis (Crash
), although there's currently no word on whether or not that's because Wilson and Broccoli actually watched Crash
and wondered why in the hell that man was allowed to taint James Bond.
Current Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are still attached to the picture, still clinging on despite having written The World Is Not Enough
and Die Another Day
. Not sure how they're managing this.
The statement from Bond HQ says, "Peter, Neal and Robert are extraordinarily talented and we're looking forward to working with the three of them."
Apparently the plans for the film are a 2011 release date, which is a bit weird considering the normal cycle is every two years and the fifty anniversary of Bond on screen is 2012. Still, if it helps us avoid ' anniversary celebrations' like this shit:
...then it's a good thing.
The question remains, will the film be any good? As one of few people who staunchly claims that Daniel Craig is the worst version of Bond ever and the new films are as close to Fleming's visions as a sack of dog crap, I am not holding out any hope. But I do celebrate the absence of Haggis.
Let's do the math here: