The Daily Mail’s entertainment columnist Baz Bamigboye revealed on Twitter last night that writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been hired for Bond 25.
While the Daily Mail often comes up short in its reporting, Bamigboye has previously proved to be a reliable source of Bond-related information in the past. For instance he revealed that Naomie Harris’s character in Skyfall would turn out to be Miss Moneypenny.
Bamigboye announced this news in the following tweet:
— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) March 9, 2017
Based on his previous form there is a high probability that this story is true. When asked whether Daniel Craig’s decision rested on the script, Bamigboye responded “there are factors other than script…”
While promoting BBC series SS-GB recently, which they wrote and executive produced, Purvis told the Telegraph:
I’m just not sure how you would go about writing a James Bond film now. Each time, you’ve got to say something about Bond’s place in the world, which is Britain’s place in the world. But things are moving so quickly now, that becomes tricky. With people like Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality. So when they do another one, it will be interesting to see how they deal with the fact that the world has become a fantasy.
Bond 25 will be their seventh Bond film. The writing duo joined the Bond family with The World Is Not Enough (1999) for which they received a co-writing credit with Bruce Feirstein. The then wrote Die Another Day (2002), Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008) both with Paul Haggis and Skyfall (2012) with John Logan.
After announcing their retirement from the Bond series the producers hired them to fix script issues with John Logan’s script fort SPECTRE (2015). In the end they shared screenwriting on that with Logan and Jez Butterworth.