Phoebe Waller-Bridge has mastered the art of writing flawed, vulnerable, and gloriously unfiltered female characters. As the Fleabag creator turns her pen to the script of the upcoming James Bond film, the spirit of Villanelle could be coming for the silver screen.
It’s a universally acknowledged truth that there’s no way of marvelling at the BBC comedy drama Fleabag without paying tribute to the sheer brilliance of its creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. This is, after all, a woman who creates hilarious and devastating storylines, completely relatable characters, and life philosophies so profound that we by the time we finish watching her shows, we head back to the start to hit play all over again.
It figures then, that at the same time as Waller-Bridge is deftly relaying the complexity of the female experience on TV, she can also be relied upon to shine a light on the realities of being a woman on the silver screen.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the writer and actress addressed her involvement with the Bond 25 writing team, after she was invited to liven up the script for the upcoming as-yet-untitled James Bond film at the request of Daniel Craig. And by the sounds of things, the spirit of Villanelle could be reincarnated.
“There’s something about James Bond that always intrigued me in a similar way that Villanelle did,” she said, referencing her Killing Eve assassin, Villanelle. “They live a fantasy!”
“But it’s a life none of us would ever want, if we’re honest,” she continued. “We don’t want to go put a bullet in someone’s head to sleep with people and have martinis. It’s a kind of fantasy nightmare.”
When asked about reports that actress Lashana Lynch will star as the new 007, Waller-Bridge replied that, “the whole thing has potential to birth new iconic characters all the time,” as well as noting that although she came on board to lend her perspectives, she was cautious of the hype surrounding her status as a woman in the dominated team.
“A lot has been made of me coming on board because I’m a woman, and that’s wonderful,” she remarked. “But also I can’t take credit for the movie that was written. It’s Cary’s movie.”
Whilst Waller-Bridge has no plans to act in the film, she did jokingly admit that she “blatantly will end up in it.” Seeing as the star is thinking about making an onscreen appearance in the third season of Killing Eve, let’s hope the odds are ever in our favour.