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Bond Screenwriters Neal Purvis, Robert Wade Won't Return

By November 20, 2012

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SkyfallSkyfall will be the last Bond movie for screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The two, who've worked on the past five Bond films, confirmed they're leaving the series while at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar.

Purvis recalled how surprised the pair were when they were first asked to meet with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and how they continue to be surprised about the fact they've been involved in the iconic franchise for 15 years. However, when asked if they'd be sticking around for the next Bond, Wade replied, "We're very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we've gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time."

"We were going to stop with Quantum of Solace, but it's good to go out on a high with Skyfall," added Purvis.

On an interesting side note, Purvis revealed the two things a Bond writer isn't allowed to do to Bond, James Bond. Bond can't time travel and, obviously, you can't kill him off. Added Wade, "[...]although we have been tempted."

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