Now Daniel Craig can slot the film into his frenetic shooting schedule, including the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Brit director Sam Mendes is still in the director's chair. Screenwriter Peter Morgan (Hereafter) left the film after delivering a treatment off his original idea; Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan took over the task of fashioning a workable James Bond. "He's a creature of the Cold War," says Morgan (who talks about the challenges of keeping the franchise fresh here and below). "I struggle to believe that a British secret agent is still saving the world." But Morgan thinks Mendes is "smart...The holy grail is to combine thought and action."
Broccoli and Wilson's Danjaq co-own the Bond film and global merchandising rights with MGM. Eon is the UK company that produces the films.