James Bond writers confirm ‘Skyfall’ is their last 007 outing

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade bow out with Sam Mendes-directed movie

James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have confirmed that Skyfall is the last 007 movie they will pen.

The film, the most successful Bond film in its 23-film history, was the fifth time Purvis and Wade have teamed up to write a 007 movie, having started with 1999’s The World Is Not Enough.

The British screenwriting duo lifted the lid on their time writing Bond movies, and confirmed Skyfall is their last, at a writing masterclass at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

“When we were originally asked to come in to meet the Bond people, we weren’t expecting to be walking straight into a meeting with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson,” said Neal Purvis describing how the pair first began on Bond. “We certainly were not expecting to be kept around for 15 years.”

He added:

We were going to stop with Quantum of Solace, but it’s good to go out on a high with Skyfall.

Robert Wade continued:” We’re very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we’ve gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan (co-writer on Skyfall) and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.”

Skyfall is the 23rd Bond movie and has been a critical and commercial hit. The film opened in UK cinemas last month (October 26), while current 007 Daniel Craig is believed to be signed up for at least two more movies.