Purvis & Wade: Bond writers since the last century.
Promoting their new miniseries for the BBC, SS-GB, based on Len Deighton’s novel of fiction, screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, in the Bond series since 1999, have spoken with the Daily Telegraph.
Purvis: «I’m not sure how you would write a James Bond movie right now.» «Every time you had to tell something about Bond’s place in the world, which is the place of Britain in the world. But things are moving so fast today that it’s complicated. With people like Trump, the villain Bond has become real, so when they do another, it will be interesting to see how they deal with the fact that the world has become a fantasy.»
It is interesting to read that Neil Purvis seems to make it clear that they will no longer be in the future of the Bond series. It should be remembered that it was Sony itself who called them back after Skyfall to polish John Logan’s Spectre screenplay during the summer of 2014, especially in the third act.
The interview also talks about this and Purvis says: «People were already in pre-production and wanted to see something every day. Sometimes they did not decide what they wanted until they saw it written. For example, the Westminster Bridge was already being built in Pinewood, so we had to create a scene about it to fit the rest of the script. You write scene by scene, write a lot… how it ended up fitting everything was probably due to the director, to Sam Mendes.»
Would you come back? «Never say never. What is certain is that Spectre seems to have closed a way to make Bonds, what comes next will be very different.»
Do they know more than they tell us? Will they refer to something in particular with that «very different»? We must just wait…