It’s never too early to start talking about the next Bond… game that is!
In what is exciting news, CBn has learned that Bruce Feirstein is writing the next James Bond videogame from EA (Electronic Arts). This new game is due for release in late 2005.
No other details have been revealed, but with Feirstein onboard we can presume this new game will be a “classic Bond game” in the vein of EA’s 2003 hit Everything or Nothing. (EA recently released GoldenEye: Rogue Agent, a game that follows the adventures of a Bond villain instead of 007.)
Feirstein is no stranger to the world of 007. The author and journalist cut his Bondian teeth on 1995’s GoldenEye. Called in to rewrite Michael France’s original screenplay, it was Feirstein who first proposed the idea of a female M, and is responsible for the “sexist misogynist dinosaur” scene between Pierce Brosnan and Judi Dench, which has become a Bond classic. It was the inspired idea of making the villain a media baron that landed Bruce a sole writing credit on the next Bond film, 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies. Feirstein then returned to polish the work of Neal Purvis and Robert Wade on 1999’s The World Is Not Enough.
With Purvis & Wade flying solo on 2002’s Die Another Day, EA wisely snatched up the services of Feistein to create the Bond game to end all Bond games. The result was 2003’s Everything or Nothing, which proved to be a hit with fans and the biggest selling Bond game of them all.
Feirstein, now considered an “a-list” Hollywood screenwriter, recently landed the job of writing the big screen adaptation of the 80s TV hit, The A-Team.
CBn will provide details on the new Bruce Feirstein scripted James Bond videogame from EA as they become available.
MAJOR UPDATE! Jan. 25, 2005:
Spong.com has revealed that the new EA Bond game will be titled James Bond 007: From Russia With Love, and will be based on the 1963 Sean Connery classic. CBn confirmed that EA’s plan to do an original game in 2005 was shelved when it was learned Pierce Brosnan would not be returning to the role of 007.