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The Queen writer to pen new Bond

Daniel Craig as James Bond
Daniel Craig returned as 007 in Quantum of Solace last year

Award-winning British writer Peter Morgan, whose film work includes The Queen and Frost/Nixon, will pen the latest James Bond adventure.

Morgan will co-author the script with Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

"Peter, Neal and Robert are extraordinarily talented. We're looking forward to working with the three of them," said the film's producers.

Daniel Craig will return as James Bond in the 23rd adventure of the series.

Morgan, who won a Golden Globe in 2007 for The Queen, is currently working on The Special Relationship for US cable channel HBO.

The film will see Michael Sheen reprise his role as former prime minister Tony Blair alongside Dennis Quaid, as Bill Clinton.

Morgan came to public attention with his TV screenplay The Deal, which also focused on Blair (once again played by Sheen) and his relationship with Gordon Brown in the early 1990s.

Subsequent hits have included the Broadway play and Oscar-nominated film Frost/Nixon and, more recently, the Brian Clough biopic, The Damned United.

Peter Morgan
Peter Morgan won a Golden Globe for The Queen in 2007

He is also writing the forthcoming Dreamworks movie Hereafter - after which he will begin work on the Bond film, currently known only as Bond 23.

Purvis and Wade received critical acclaim for their work on Casino Royale, alongside Crash writer and director Paul Haggis, but Quantum of Solace was less positively received.

The pair have also collaborated on previous Bond films, Die Another Day and The World Is Not Enough.

A date for the start of production of the new Bond film - which marks Craig's third outing as the British spy - has yet to be confirmed.



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