Peter Morgan to write Bond 23


Eon have announced that Peter Morgan will join Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to write the next film in the James Bond series. Morgan's past work includes The Last King of Scotland, The Queen, Frost/Nixon and The Deal, a television drama set in 1994 about the complex relationship and rivalry between future British Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair.

"Peter, Neal and Robert are extraordinarily talented and we're looking forward to working with the three of them," said Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli in a statement, a trifle generously in the case of Purvis and Wade, two contributors to the series that some fans would rather see exiled to Siberia than involved in writing another Bond film.

After the fiasco of Quantum of Solace, Morgan's principle task will be to try and make sure that the film actually has a story this time. Some interesting characters, a few good jokes, and a move away from the utterly tedious Eon obsession with Jason Bourne would all be steps in the right direction too.

Bond 23 is tentatively scheduled for 2011 at the time of writing.

- Jake

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