Phoebe Waller-Bridge lent her writing skills to the new James Bond film No Time To Die, and by the looks of the reactions on Twitter, she might have finally given it the injection of feminism it so needed.
When we heard that Waller-Bridge had been asked by BOND HIMSELF (aka Daniel Craig) to work her magic on the No Time To Die script, we knew the film was going to be a corker.
After all, the Fleabag and Killing Eve mastermind is famed not only for her witty and creative writing, but her passion for promoting real, developed and powerful female characters. Something which the James Bond franchise hasn’t always been so great at.
Now, the first full trailer for No Time To Die has been released on the film’s official Twitter account and we have to say, it looks damn good. Of course, the locations and costumes are all out-of-this-world glamorous, but it’s the positioning of the female characters that’s really caused a stir.
First, the trailer actually showcases more of the female talent in the film, than the men. We watch as Lea Seydoux’s Madeleine Swann betrays Bond (and breaks his heart), Ana de Armas wields a gun in each hand and channels some serious ‘don’t mess with me’ energy and Lashana Lynch’s Nomi tells Bond exactly where he can stick it. In fact, after revealing she’s the new 00, she straight up tells him she will put a bullet in his knee if he fails to “stay in your lane”.
In other words, the girl power is off the bloody charts, and Twitter agrees. Among the mainly positive feedback the trailer has received online, some social media users have been keen to pick out badass moments from the female leads.
Watch the No Time To Die trailer yourself below:
No Time To Die is the 25th installment in the James Bond film franchise, and it is one which, inevitably, was always going to cause a stir.
After playing the titular character for well over a decade, many believe this will be Daniel Craig’s last turn as Bond. Whether it is his final 007 appearance or not, though, he is joined by one hell of a cast and crew: think Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Naomie Harris and of course, Phoebe Waller-Bridge on the writing team.
As we’ve mentioned, one of the things we’re most excited about is Waller-Bridge’s contribution to the script, which Daniel Craig reportedly requested himself. Although initially, reports claimed that Waller-Bridge was being brought in only to “polish” the script, now it would seem that the genius behind Fleabag and Killing Eve is going to be responsible for at least a third of the dialogue, tone, characterisation and scenes of the final film.
For fans of Waller-Bridge, this is about as good a news as possible – short of casting the writer and actor as Bond herself.
Originally reluctant to sign on for a final Bond movie, it seems Craig was not going to let it be a clanger and took matters into his own hands by hiring Waller-Bridge. Craig is a huge fan of hers and was apparently after some of her trademark offbeat humour for the struggling Bond script.
Earlier in the year, Waller-Bridge was in New York performing in the stage version of Fleabag. During this time, The Observer reports that she met with Craig – who lives in New York with his wife Rachel Weisz – to discuss ways to improve the script.
The first woman to work on a Bond script was Johanna Harwood, the secretary to producer Harry Saltzman. Harwood was brought in to help with the screenplay for the first and second Bond films, Dr No and From Russia With Love. The 22 scripts since then have all been credited to male writers.