Bond 23: Penned by Morgan, Purvis and Wade

June 12, 2009–The beginning of  new James Bond picture is always good news.  The longest film series in history, 007 soon will celebrate its half a century anniversary.  Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions and MGM have hired “Frost/Nixon” scribe Peter Morgan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to write the script for the 23rd James Bond film.  
Purvis and Wade most recently worked on “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale.”

As expected, Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007, and Wilson and Broccoli will produce, though there is no starting date set for what will be a 2011 release.

“Peter, Neal and Robert are extraordinarily talented and we’re looking forward to working with the three of them,” Wilson and Broccoli said in a statement.  Both “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale” were co-productions between MGM and Sony, with the latter distributing.  The new film will be the first to return as a full MGM release.  The first 20 pictures in the franchise were distributed by MGM.

Morgan, who wrote the play and film “Frost/Nixon” and “The Last King of Scotland” and “The Queen,” has recently penned “The Special Relationship” for HBO, and “Hereafter” for DreamWorks.  Purvis and Wade have been working on “The Brazilian Job,” the sequel to “The Italian Job,” on which they were also writers.