The script for Bond 24 has been completed by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade as shooting is scheduled to start in November or December
The script for Bond 24 is complete as pre-production ramps up on the next James Bond adventure.
According to reports, the 'touch up' work to John Logan's script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade was more of a re-write. As MI6 reported back in June, the experienced duo of Purvis and Wade were brought back in the screenwriting fold after Logan's screenplay failed to meet the demands of producers, director Sam Mendes and 007 himself Daniel Craig.
Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye, who has a genuine insider on the Bond productions as his news has also proven to be accurate, says that Mendes and Craig 'begged' Purvis and Wade to come back and fix the script. It was Mendes who brought Logan in to the franchise, hiring him to perform the final polish on the 'Skyfall' script.
'Everyone's excited, and all systems are pumping away at full speed," the source said, adding that Purvis and Wade's script is "substantially different" from Logan's. "There was an awful lot of work to do. It was a big job. The impression given was that Purvis and Wade were hired to add jokes - but it was a bigger deal than that."
Bamigboye adds that "Mendes almost went down on his knees to persuade Purvis and Wade to return to the Bond fold. The director had a lot of making up to do. But during the re-writing process all four men - Craig, Mendes, Purvis and Wade - behaved graciously and just got on with the job."
The go ahead for filming has been given and shooting is expected to start in late November to early December.
SPECTRE (2015) is the new James Bond film and the 24th in the series. It will be the fourth outing for Daniel Craig as 007, and the second film to be directed by Sam Mendes from a screenplay by John Logan, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade. The new MI6 team of Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Rory Kinnear (Tanner) and Ben Whishaw (Q) are all reprising their roles. The cast will include Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott and Christoph Waltz. Production commences on December 8th 2014, with location work as early as 5th January 2015 in Austria. The film will also shoot on location in: Erfoud and Tangier, Morocco; Rome, Italy and Mexico City, Mexico. SPECTRE is scheduled for release on 7th November 2015.