7. M Was Originally Going To Die In Quantum Of Solace
Robert Wade: “It wasn’t our decision, but M’s death (in Skyfall) was something that was agreed right from the outset.”
Neal Purvis: “We actually killed her in a draft of Quantum, but it was about halfway through the film, or two thirds of the way, and it happened too quickly. Once it was agreed that we’d go down that road again, we had to make the whole film really about their relationship.”
Wade: “So we knew where we were going with it and what it was ultimately leading to. But like I say, it finally only really made sense as a whole story when we came up with that third act of him taking her to Skyfall. Because that’s sort of him exposing himself emotionally to this woman. And actually he takes her there and there’s the man who taught him to shoot…”
Purvis: “The link to the past.”
Wade: “Yeah, and there’s these two old people. So it’s almost like Bond has reconstituted his family, by bringing Judi (Dench) there. And so that really retrospectively I think, with the work that John Logan did on the script, informed it, because it gave you this old, and the new which is all the other stuff. The new guard coming in.”
To hear Robert Wade and Neal Purvis' full discussion on Skyfall and Bond in general, have a listen below.