Shortly before the Oscars, screenwriter Paul Haggis talked to MTV’s Kurt Loder about scripting the upcoming 007 film CASINO ROYALE.
Loder: Were you called in to be a script doctor for the upcoming Bond movie, "Casino Royale"?
Haggis: Yeah. They sent me a script, a very good script, and
asked me to think about the character and re-conceive the character of
James Bond. I took 10 weeks on that.
Loder: How is this film going to be different than the 1967 original?
Haggis: It will be completely different, I think. You know, it
takes James Bond from the very first Ian Fleming book, "Casino Royale,"
when he becomes James Bond — when he gets his "Double 0"
status, which means he has two kills, and therefore has his license to
kill. But all the bells and whistles, all the things that Q used to
give him, the gadgets, those are all gone. So you deal with the
character as an assassin and what it feels like to be an assassin. And
I ask the question, "Why does he treat women the way that he treats
So I’ve either helped to re-energize this series, or I’ve just ruined James Bond for everybody forever.
I don’t want to pre-judge the film, but I’m a major James Bond fan. What’s the point of doing a James Bond movie if the character isn’t James Bond? Isn’t the fun of a James Bond film seeing Bond be Bond? I hope they don’t screw it up (then again, it couldn’t be any worse than A VIEW TO A KILL, by far the worst 007 movie yet)(then again, look how reimagining BATTLESTAR GALACTICA created something far better)(then again, the original BSG was crap, so it would be hard NOT to improve upon it)