Purvis, Neal and Robert Wade: James Bond Scribes

NEAL PURVIS and ROBERT WADE are the scribes of the 22nd James Bond picture, “Quantum of Solace.”

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade had their first success in 1991 with the screenplay of the controversial screen drama LET HIM HAVE IT, a true story about the killing of a policeman. The critically acclaimed film, directed by Peter Medak, was screened for Parliament and played a part in Derek Bentley’s eventual posthumous pardon.

They have since worked in a variety of genres with screenplays such as THE WASP FACTORY, an adaptation of Iain Banks’ novel for director Stephen Daldry, and PLUNKETT & MACLEANE, starring Robert Carlyle and Liv Tyler.

Between writing James Bond films THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH and 2002’s DIE ANOTHER DAY, they worked on THE ITALIAN JOB starring Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton and JOHNNY ENGLISH starring Rowan Atkinson and John Malkovich.

They then wrote and co-produced RETURN TO SENDER for director Bille August and performed the same duties on STONED for director Stephen Woolley, before writing the screenplay for CASINO ROYALE.
After delivering their screenplay for QUANTUM OF SOLACE, they wrote BARBARELLA for director Robert Rodriguez, to be produced in 2009 by Dino DeLaurentiis, and have adapted John Le Carre’s latest novel THE MISSION SONG for producers Simon Channing-Williams and Gail Egan.

Their most recent collaboration is with director John Carney, on an adaptation of an M.R. James horror story, CASTING THE RUNES. They are currently producing THE LITTLE RED CAR, a comedy from their own script set in Paris and directed by Hattie Dalton.