At yesterday’s press conference, where the world was introduced to James Bond #6, Daniel Craig, producer Michael G. Wilson revealed that work is already underway on Bond 22, which will be Craig’s second outing as James Bond after his debut in next year’s Casino Royale.
“Purvis and Wade, who wrote the [Casino Royale] script are also starting on the next Bond script, so all this is going forward,” said Wilson near the end of the press conference.Despite turning to screenwriter Paul Haggis for a dialogue polish, EON Productions appear to be very happy with the screenwriting duo.
Neal Purvis and Robert Wade first co-wrote 1999’s The World Is Not Enough with A-list scribe Bruce Feirstein (GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies), then went solo on 2002’s Die Another Day. The also penned the aborted Jinx movie spin-off for EON in 2003.
Many Bond fans found this news an encouraging sign that we may see our second Daniel Craig James Bond movie within the franchise’s traditional two-year film cycle. The Bond franchise shifted to a three-year cycle between 1999’s The World Is Not Enough and 2002’s Die Another Day. Casino Royale was originally scheduled for release in 2005, but was delayed by the sale of MGM to Sony Pictures Entertainment.
If Purvis and Wade are able to deliver a first draft of Bond 22 by summer, does this mean we might see the return of yet another James Bond tradition of revealing the title of the next film during the closing credits of the last? “James Bond Will Return in…”