In a new interview posted at HMSS, screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade reflect on the success of 2006’s Casino Royale, what worked and what didn’t in 2002’s Die Another Day, and also briefly discuss the upcoming Bond 22…
‘There’s a few morsels but you’d have to say the carcass has been pretty stripped. There are still a few details from the short stories that it would be nice to use. At one point Fidel Barbey was in Casino Royale but sadly he got killed off,’ they answered when asked if Bond 22 would be featuring any further elements from the Ian Fleming novels.
On the subject of the return of Felix Leiter and Casino Royale‘s introduction of Rene Mathis, Purvis and Wade ‘were pleased to see those characters appear,’ but couldn’t comment further on whether or not Bond fans would see more of Fleming’s characters (such as Sir James Molony or Moonraker‘s Gala Brand) in the next film. ‘Things can change even after this interview so we’d hate to get anyone’s hopes up.’
And what about the rumours regarding the unused Fleming short stories such as Risico and The Property Of A Lady for Bond 22‘s title? ‘Currently those titles and stories are not under consideration.’
There is much more. Visit HMSS for the entire interview. Bond 22 is set for release on 7 November 2008.
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