The as-yet untitled Bond 23 (relax, folks; just a working title, although I like the idea of that being the actual title) is gathering pace. Today, MGM and Bond flame-keepers, EON, announced the writing team for the new Daniel Craig-led mission, and there was a bit of a surprise.
Not in the announcement that Johnny English writers, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade would return for more Bondage – as walking 007 encyclopaedias, they’ve been on board since The World Is Not Enough – but the news that Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan has come on to fill Paul Haggis’ shoes in the role of Proper, Oscar-Nominated Writer Who’ll Give The Thing Some Classy Oomph.
“Peter, Neal and Robert are extraordinarily talented and we’re looking forward to working with the three of them,” Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement.
This is, of course, a Good Thing. Morgan is one of the hottest, and best, screenwriters around at the moment, and we can’t wait to see the spin he puts on 007, as he (presumably) hunts down the head of evil organisation, QUANTUM.
This also means that Michael Sheen’s a shoo-in for the bad guy role, right? And that bad guy is going to be Ernst Stavros Blofeld, right? RIGHT?
A start date on Bond 23 has yet to be announced. Give the new team a chance to throw together some quips and explodey bits first…