When talking about what it is like to work on Bond as
a writer, Haggis told ComingSoon, "Bond
is just pure imagination; you just get to have fun. It's
escapism and it's fun, but I try to ground him as a human
He was also keen to draw a distinction between his vision
of Bond's character and the one that shot and bonked
his way around the world in previous decades, "My
Bond is an actual assassin; when he kills someone, he
kills them with a knife, they're bloody and he pays a
price. He denies that he pays a price, but he does."
he sees a woman who witnesses something horrific, and
he sees her taking a shower, he doesn't just go in there
and f*ck her, like the old Bond would have done. He sits
there with her, and she says, 'I can't get this blood
from my fingernails.' So he helps her get the blood from
her fingernails; that's what he does, that's my Bond.
So it's a different guy; it's a guy who's much more like
these guys, these heroes (in 'Valley of Elah')."
Above: Paul Haggis