James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have revealed that franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson have always wanted to delve into 007's past.
Purvis and Wade, who have worked on every Bond movie since 1999's The World Is Not Enough, told Digital Spy that they completely reworked Skyfall's finale to take him back to his childhood home with M.
"That idea [to go to Skyfall lodge] came very late in the day. It was in the last two weeks when we were working on the script," Wade said.
"The third act had been action stuff in a European city and we weren't very happy with it and we just felt it was ordinary. This idea came, and we wrote it up as a page and a half, ran it by Sam, Barbara and Michael and said we just want to tear up the third act and do a completely new thing.
"They said 'great'! They've always wanted to explore those areas."
Wade explained that the idea to have Bond and M meet Albert Finney's character Kincade in Scotland allowed them to build a makeshift family for Craig's Bond.
"Once the idea had come that he takes M to the house where he grew up, there's the man who taught him to shoot and it sort of reconstituting his family," he said.
"The whole film is all about her anyway and her as a mother figure to this orphan. He's exposing himself emotionally. It was the perfect opportunity."
Skyfall is out on Blu-ray and DVD now from MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
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