From Queen to 007, Morgan to write new Bond film

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Peter Morgan, the screenwriter of award-winning films including The Queen and Frost/Nixon, is to turn his hand to the latest James Bond thriller, the film's producers have confirmed.

Morgan will join the writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who wrote the last Bond film Quantum of Solace, to pen the script for the next 007 instalment in which Daniel Craig will reprise the lead role as the slick British spy.

Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli – the stepson and daughter of the James Bond producer Albert R Broccoli – who are both from EON Productions, said Morgan had come on board. "Peter, Neal and Robert are extraordinarily talented and we're looking forward to working with the three of them," Wilson and Broccoli said in a joint statement. No start date has yet been set, but EON and MGM are anticipating a 2011 release.

Morgan has most most recently been working on a film called The Special Relationship for American television, which dramatises Tony Blair's friendship with the former American president Bill Clinton.