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Profile of screenwriter John Logan

We previously profiled regular Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who – it was announced by EON Productions in January – will be sharing the Bond 23 credits with a newcomer to the series, John Logan.

Logan has penned a wide variety of movies, demonstrating a flair for science fiction with ‘Star Trek Nemesis’ and ‘The Time Machine’. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Bond 23 will science fiction rooted, as he also worked on modern day epics such as ‘The Aviator’, ‘The Last Samurai’ and ‘Gladiator’.

Coincidentally, ‘The Aviator’, for which John Logan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, was based on part of the life of Howard Hughes, the billionaire recluse who was a friend of Cubby Broccoli and the inspiration for Willard Whyte in Diamonds Are Forever.

Logan was born in September 1961 in San Diego, to where his parents had settled after emigrating from Northern Ireland. The youngest of three children, Logan was brought up in California and New Jersey before moving to Chicago to attend Northwestern University.

After graduating in 1983 he remained in Chicago, where he became a successful playwright. His first play was ‘Never the Sinner’. More recently he penned a play about artist Mark Rothko called ‘Red’. Opening at London’s Donmar Warehouse, the play transferred to Broadway, where it won several Tony Awards, including the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play.

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