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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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5. 007’s Cutthroat Shave Has Been Four Movies In The Making

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Neal Purvis: “We’ve always wanted to have Bond have a wet shave with a cutthroat razor, and we did have that. In Die Another Day when he escapes with that giant beard, we originally wrote that it’s a wet shave thing but they came along to us and said, ‘Well, Philips, or Norelco as they call it, they’d really like him to have one of their things. That was one of those decisions where we weren’t going to argue about because it brought in a lot of promotional money.

Robert Wade: “Well, it’s very difficult with a cutthroat razor as well.”

Purvis: “We write what we want to write, and then they look at what can go in the film, and then they make deals with people. But you know they only get advertising, they don’t actually get physical money I don’t think.

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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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