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By: Anders Frejdh
For the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the big screen, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the English screenwriters who have penned the last five 007 films (The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002), Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012)).


About Neal Purvis & Robert Wade:
Neal and Robert had their first success in 1991 with the screenplay of the controversial drama Let Him Have It. 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 worked in a variety of genres with screenplays such as Plunkett and Macleane (1999), starring Robert Carlyle and Liv Tyler, Johnny English (2003) starring Rowan Atkinson and John Malkovich, and worked on The Italian Job (2003) starring Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton. As well as writing the James Bond films THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH and DIE ANOTHER DAY, they wrote and co-produced Return to Sender (2004) for director Bille August and performed the same duties on Stoned (2005) for director Stephen Woolley.

For CASINO ROYALE they received two BAFTA nominations as well as an EDGAR nomination from the Mystery Writers of America. They have since co-written QUANTUM OF SOLACE and adapted John le Carré’s The Mission Song for Potboiler Films.

Having co-written SKYFALL, they are now producing their own Corsica ’72, an epic crime drama to be directed by Chan-Wook Park, as well as Cocaine Nights, their recent adaptation of the novel by JG Ballard.

Editor's note:
In 2011, the sequel to Johnny English was released, Johnny English Reborn, based on Purvis' and Wade's characters in the first film.

Other interviews with people from the world of Bond on From Sweden with Love:
>Albert Moses (October 2006)
>Andreas Wisniewski (April 2012)
>Anne Lönnberg (Mars 2012)
>Béatrice Libert (November 2011)
>Belle Williams (July 2013)
>Bettine Le Beau (April 2011)
>Bob Dix (August 2009)
>Britt Ekland (June 2009)
>Christopher Wood (May 2012)
>David Hedison (June 2008)
>Dolph Lundgren (June 2006)
>Doug Robinson (May 2001)
>Earl Cameron (August 2012)
>Eight James Bond film directors (Winter 2009)
>Eunice Huthart (May 2000)
>Greg Powell (May 2001)
>Guy Hamilton (March 2006)
>Hilary Saltzman (January 2006)
>Jeffery Deaver (April 2011)
>Jens Hultén (February 2013)
>John Glen (September 2007)
>Keith Hamshere (December 2012)
>Lana Wood (August 2012)
>Lynn-Holly Johnson (August 2012)
>Martin Grace (January 2010)
>Martine Beswicke (October 2012)
>Nic Raine (March 2006)
>Nick Wilkinson (May 2000)
>Ola Rapace (July 2013)
>Papillon Soo Soo (September 2004)
>Richard Kiel (March 2006)
>Robert Davi (December 2011)
>Roger Moore (March 2006)
>Roger Spottiswoode (April 2004)
>Roy Alon (May 2000)
>Sarah Donohue (May 2000)
>Sean Connery (April 2008)
>Sean Connery (January 2009)
>Shane Rimmer (June 2012)
>Stanley Morgan (April 2007)
>Terence Mountain (April 2007)
>Terry Bamber (September 2012)
>Vic Armstrong (October 2011)
>Virginia Hey (October 2006)

Photo above:
A personal portrait of Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. © 2012 EON Productions. All rights reserved.

Check out writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade's joint CV at their agent's website:

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