Earlier this month MI6 reported that Roger Michell had spoken a little more about his reason for not pursuing Bond 22.
“We couldn’t find a way of making us all happy with the script. It’s been through various drafts, but I just decided to say no before I got too far into it”, he reportedly said.
Although the filmmakers have been given an extra year to kick the script into shape as filming is now planned to commence in January 2008 rather than this year, this news is worrying. Casino Royale has upped the expectations of most Bond fans, but the lack of a decent script for Bond 22 shows that without original material from Ian Fleming to work with scriptwriters Purvis and Wade are lost.
So, it’s time for EON to part ways with this pair, as other than Casino Royale their Bond scripts have just never been good enough. Remember also that Casino Royale’s script had a final polish from Paul Haggis, so if the resulting Bond 22 script features a sub-standard plot with clunky dialogue then we don’t have much to look forward to, despite Daniel Craig’s determination to have his say in the whole filmmaking process.
But who to choose to replace them? Not co-producer Michael G Wilson, that’s for sure – if you look at his involvement in scriptwriting you’ll notice that he helped to write the worst Bond films.
Instead, why not spend a little more of Sony’s hard-earned cash and hire a real scriptwriter who can come up with a convincing plot and believeable dialogue and build upon the success of Casino Royale rather than letting it all slip away again.