Then up-and-coming screenwriter Tom North was hired to create a treatment for an “mature, environmentally-aware” James Bond film. North came up with the concept of an evil botanist hoarding the world’s oxygen tanks, slowly suffocating the nonagenarian population, in order to release all the oxygen into the forest at once in order to suffocate all the plants. Christopher Lee would star as a retired Bond, who, with a dwindling supply of medical oxygen, is forced back into action to save his own life. Bea Arthur was in talks to play Lee’s love interest. Originally slated for production in 1997, all pre-production work on Greenbreather was halted when North were arrested after being caught huffing spray paint.