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James Bond Writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to Return; Daniel Craig ‘Still Deciding’

March 15, 2017

James Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will reportedly return for Bond 25!

 

Journalist Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail reported on Twitter Thursday that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have signed on to write the story for the next Bond movie. Purvis and Wade are among the credited writers for the last six Bond films, going back to 1999’s Pierce Brosnan-starring The World is Not Enough. They were credited, at least partially, on all four of the Craig 007 films to date; they wrote Spectre along with John Logan and Jez Butterworth. Director Sam Mendes (who helmed both Skyfall and SPECTRE) has stated that he won’t be returning for the new film.

As for Craig, according to Bamigboye, the actor is “still deciding whether he will do it,” which has essentially been the story, aside from a few twists and turns, since around the time of Spectre’s release. If the star returns for Bond 25, it will mark his fifth big screen appearance as 007. At the moment, however, he’s tied with Brosnan and still three films behind both Sean Connery and Roger Moore. (Although one of Connery’s seven was the non-Eon Never Say Never Again).

Craig has been, by most indications, a successful Bond. All four of his films were worldwide hits, and two of the four (Casino Royale and Skyfall) were greatly respected by critics. Spectre may not have been many people’s favorite 007 film, but the series has rebounded from disappointing chapters many times before.

Then again, if Craig has already played the part for 11 years, and if he’s so non-committal about returning perhaps it might be time for some new blood, whether it’s Idris Elba, or Damien Lewis, or Michael Fassbender or Jamie Bell or Tom Hiddleston. Whoever plays Bond, it appears the first step has been taken towards the production of a 25th 007 film.

No production or release date has yet been set for the next film in the series, but stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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