SKYFALL Writers Return for BOND 24; Filming Delayed to December

The title of the 1983 James Bond adventure Never Say Never Again was a self-mocking reference to Sean Connery‘s claim back in 1971 that he would never play Bond again.

The same title can be used now to mock Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the writing duo who had announced after Skyfall they were leaving the James Bond franchise.

According to The Daily Mail, the screenwriting team behind The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall are brought in to polish the screenplay by John Logan.

The report said they have been “hired to re-write Logan’s script and give it some ‘punch’,” which was the reverse situation with Skyfall when Logan came in after the fact to tighten things up.

Purvis and Wade’s rewrite on Logan’s script would be nothing more than sprinkling more humor, emphasizing: “the witty repartee between Daniel Craig‘s 007 and Naomie Harris‘s Miss Moneypenny, and focusing on the interplay between Bond and Ralph Fiennes‘s M.”

Due to these changes, production on the 24th installment is now pushed back to December, two months later than the previously reported October. Assuming the studio wants to hold on to their November 6, 2015 release date, it’s going to be a rather tight 10 month schedule.

Ben Whishaw also returns for Bond 24, which will again be directed by Sam Mendes. 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is still front-runner for the film’s villain, but the million-dollar question is who’s in line to become the next Bond girl.