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Casino Royale (2006) - Screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis

March 30, 2020

We are back to one of our regular discussion episodes this week, this time taking a look at ‘Casino Royale’. The film was intended to be a complete reboot of the James Bond franchise so we read the screenplay in that light, comparing it to Ian Fleming's 1952 novel of the same name, which first introduced the character of international secret agent James Bond to the world. There is plenty to talk about here, including how to write an ending to a screenplay when you intend it to be the first part of a series of films or a franchise, finding out what exactly is interesting about a character like James Bond, who is so prone to parody, and what needed to be done in order to reinvent him for the twenty-first century.

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