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Seven Things We Didn't Know About Skyfall
Bond writers Purvis and Wade on their smash hit

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With Skyfall going gangbusters at the box office, screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, two thirds of a Bond writing troika that also included Gladiator scribe John Logan, dropped by the Empire podcast booth to talk about their fifth contribution to the “00” canon. It's the only interview the long-time writing pair gave about the film and it's a doozy, full of plot insights and nuggets on the making of this year’s smash-hit. Read on and enjoy some of the highlights or listen to the podcast in full. Heck, do both, but please be warned, major plot spoilers follow.

WORDS CHRIS HEWITT, NICK DE SEMLYEN
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1. The Title Fell From The Sky

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Neal Purvis: “Unfortunately Rob came up with the title. Not as a title, he came up with the name of the house.”

Robert Wade: “We were looking for a name for this house…”

Purvis: “Like Manderley in (Daphne du Maurier’s) Rebecca.”

Wade: “Exactly. It’s evocative, and you don’t really know what it means. And it was two o’clock in the morning, and the script had to go off, and I typed ‘Skyfall’. So it sort of fell out of the sky, actually. And I never thought that that would end up as the title of the movie. But it obviously struck a chord. But if we’d thought the name of the house would be the name of the film, and the name of the song…”

Purvis: “We’d have talked about it a little bit longer.”

Wade: “And maybe have done a three-syllable house name. Like Manderley – that’s pretty good, actually.”

Purvis: “Yeah. It’s the first two syllable Bond title, actually. Some people find that interesting (laughs).”

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1 The Final Say
the bond movies are not written/directed-until recently-but produced. wade and purvis may have written about invisible cars but michael, barbara and the studios have the final say over what ends up on screen. More

Posted by spark1 on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 15:54

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Have to agree with TPM007. Before I saw them as the driving force between the silly aspects of the Brosnan films and Paul Haggis and John Logan being ultimatly responsible for the brilliance of the Craig era. Now not so much. Seems like these two have had good ideas in the past and been bullied by studio. I think it comes down to the fact that after TDK, studios are willing to take risks and shake up formulas. Must be great to be a screenwriter at this time More

Posted by NateDrake007 on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 16:09

3 I've always hated P+W
But I have to say, this podcast has painted them in a totally new light, and their thinking behind a lot of their ideas is very interesting. Their mistakes is DAD seems to not all be their fault (Invisible car) and they genuinely enjoy talking about their work. Thank you for a very insightful podcast Empire! More

Posted by TPM007 on Monday November 12, 2012, 13:19

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