Screenwriters Wade and Purvis sign up for new Bond movie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 March 2017
Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Screenwriters Robert Wade and Neil Purvis have reportedly been signed up to contribute to the script on the new Bond movie, 'Bond 25'

Robert Wade and Neil Purvis have been signed up for the new Bond movie.

The screenwriting duo - who have worked on 'Skyfall' and 'Spectre' amongst other Bond movies - have reportedly agreed to contribute to the script for the upcoming movie, which has been given the working title of 'Bond 25'.

However, there is still doubt whether Daniel Craig will return in the titular role, the Daily Mail newspaper reports.

Meanwhile, Naomie Harris - who stars as Moneypenny in the last two outings of the spy franchise - insists she has no idea if Daniel will return as Bond.

She said: "I don't know. Everyone keeps asking and I'm like, 'Guys, I don't know.'

"No one believes me but genuinely, I really don't know. I really hope he comes back. I hope he does. But who knows at this point? I think the only person who knows, to be honest, is Daniel."

And Naomie admits she has equally been drawn into speculation about who will be Bond in the next film.

She added: "I love Barbara Broccoli and Stephanie [Wenborn] and the Eon team and obviously Michael Wilson. I met them recently and said, 'What's going on guys? Because everybody keeps asking me.' I was believing the hype. I was like, 'Is it Tom Hiddleston? What's going on?' They were like, 'Naomie, nothing is happening.' Because they're doing another film at the moment. They were like, 'We are focusing on this film. We have nothing to do with that.' "

Meanwhile, the team are said to be setting a contingency plan to find a new Bond after Daniel reportedly refused to contact studio executives to confirm or deny his involvement with the next movie.

A source said at the time: "Daniel and MGM are currently at a stalemate with him having not spoken to them about Bond.

"They have offered a bigger wage deal, and asked about his filming availability to his reps in 2017, but as of yet they have not spoken to Daniel."

No Time to Die

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • UK
  • 2h 43min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen
  • UK release: 30 September 2021

The 25th James Bond film is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and sees Daniel Craig in the lead for one last time.