Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat are becoming something of a fixture on British television. On Doctor Who, Moffat was showrunner and Gatiss was a frequent writer and guest star. They rebooted Sherlock together with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Their Dracula adaption for Netflix and the BBC did big numbers last Christmas.

So it was only a matter of time before they set their sights on another iconic character – James Bond.

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Gatiss has revealed that he and Moffat together workshopped a 007 movie a few years ago. How did this start?:

“Steven was really under the cosh with Who and we were under orders not to talk about Doctor Who or Sherlock – it was like a night off. So of course what we talked about was James Bond.”

He said they gave it the working title of All the Time in the World and, understatedly describes it as “quite nice” but did go on to say that he doubts it would ever make it to the screen exactly as written:

“You go to all the thrill of being part of Bond, only to realise that you were one cog in a very big machine and you’re going to get overwritten.”

Speaking of Bond, and particularly the big changes that are likely to follow Daniel Craig’s fifteen years in the tuxedo, he said they should take the opportunity to change direction once again:

“What they need to do is respond to the tenor of the times, which are bleak as f**k, and give us a bit of Roger Moore again, that doesn’t mean they have to be out-and-out silly. I think they need to be lighter – they need to find a lighter actor – and have a bit more fun with it.”

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If they ever did get a chance to make this movie let us hope they don’t exhibit their standard hallmarks. Starting excellently, then allowing a really clever idea to totally run away with them, become entirely convoluted, lose the audience at the end of the second act, and eventually have set up so much that they completely fail to bring it all in to land and leave themselves with no convincing way to end it.

Just like Dracula, Moffat’s Who, Sherlock

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