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The script sucked because of the strike and Haggis, Pervis or Wade couldn't be called in for any rewrites or clarification. What Foster inherited was a practically a draft - he was forced to input many of his own ideas because he was the only person (aside from Craig and Michael G. Wilson) that could. Had they delayed the film just for another 6 months the strike would've ended, the trio would've written a better script and a more concrete story would've been given.
I also like to note that before Foster was hired the producers wanted Roger Mitchell to direct. Why did he opt out? Because there was no script. Taking the time to polish out a central movie idea isn't just necessary to make a good Bond story, but it attracts directors and other actors in facilitating their vision and ideas. This is why Mendes stayed on for Skyfall even when it was delayed - with the 4 year gap he not only had time to collaborate with Logan on Peter Morgan's ideas, but he could streamlined them into making what works in his style and provide to other actors what he wants them to be within the Bond world.
Time is obviously important but a Bond movie doesn't need more than a 2 year cycle, especially if the right people are involved.
Skyfall was the last classic Bond film IMO obviously!
What other big films are coming out?
Pirates of the Caribbean 5
Mission Impossible V
and a few more maybes. That's not even mentioning films that studios haven't green-lit yet. Expect that list to exponentially grow next year.
Ner ner ner nerr ner ner ner ner ner ner nerrrrrrrrrr
Morgan is on record that the only part of his treatment that survived is "M dies."
When? In the opening scene?
We lucked out there, we'd have missed all this great Bond/M relationship stuff and missed out on Skyfall's moving ending. What makes the ending so effective is that Bond and M shared a long time with each other, and that shows and pays off in Skyfall, making the end even well done.
totally agree. November 2014, book it. please!
I think they said about halfway through the film. It was on their SF radio interview.
9! 9!! ^_^
a slightly different report:
(I assume "the next three" is just a mistake.)
I haven't got time now to find it but the original Showbiz link may tell us more.
That's not my quote.
I hope not that would bring craig's total to 6 which while i would of preffer 7 or 8 is a good number honestly.
Exactly. Compared with some of Maibaum's amazing scripts, SF is pretty weak. If it took 4 years to write, that is certainly not reflected in the quality of the end product. QoS was banged out under extreme pressure but I don't personally think the writing is particularly inferior to SF. I understand FRWL and LTK both also had incomplete scripts when filming began but they're now regarded as two of the best in the series.
What EON obviously lacks is an effective process for ensuring that by the time one film is released, the next is well into pre-production. I thought MGW used to co-write the scripts, so I really would have thought this was something that he'd be all over - making sure that there is a story at the very least being knocked around well in advance of the next release.