Many thanks for your comments, I PM'd you thanking you for your feedback but I thought I would post here too. I'm hoping to have a complete first draft by the end of the year which is great as I wasn't sure I would have the staying power to finish it.
- I agree, its unlikely that any major studio would have the courage to tackle the issue of radical Islamic terrorism and I can understand why. My script doesn't actually tackle the issue head on in the end either but it does it explore it. I'm glad you noticed the subtle Fleming references, there are a few more particually towards the end of the script. I'm a big believer that there is still quite alot of unmined material that hasn't been used (well).
- Thanks for your comments about the dialouge. I have to be honest and say that the dialouge is one of the hardest things to write so its great to have largely positive feedback. Advice I was recently given was to blast out a first draft and then return to polish dialouge later, so some of my most recent dialouge is very 'on the nose' as they say.
- I have change Lupita to Ayesha in the latest version of the script, although I'm not totally set on it. A few of the names are only pencilled in at this stage.
Thanks again for your comments, and I'm open to more from others if anyone else has managed to read it!
Below is my vision for the screenplay, including a synopsis and a cast list to help you visualise as you read:
A soft reboot for a new Bond. A film largely set in sub-Saharan Africa, a first for the franchise, with a predominantly black cast.
Synopsis: After clashing with Bond, a high level CIA operative withholds information about an imminent attack on a British target somewhere around the world. After using his wits to discover the target, Bond heads to Nairobi to pressure a beautiful British national-turned-terrorist. In Kenya, the sins of the past collide with the enemies of the present and nothing is quite as it seems.
Bond - ?
Ayesha – Lupita Nyong’o
Wycliffe – Clarke Peters
Leiter – Nate Parker
Maria – Christina Hendricks
Caro - Nicole Beharie
M – Ralph Fines
Q – Ben Wishaw
Moneypenny – Naomi Harris
Bob Franklin – Matthew Marsh
Zufar - Djimon Hounsou
Yousef - Barkhad Abdi