A James Bond film with a Phoebe Waller-Bridge edge? Yes please.
Daniel Craig himself has reportedly requested Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s help on the script for the upcoming James Bond film, which has faced numerous hurdles since being announced in 2015.
Director Danny Boyle pulled out of the movie in 2018 due to creative differences. Combined with script delays and the introduction of a third writer, this has led to the release date reportedly being pushed back by up to seven months. The movie is currently slated for release in April 2020.
Originally reluctant to sign on for a final Bond movie, it seems Craig is not going to let it be a clanger and has taken matters into his own hands.
Craig is apparently a fan of Waller-Bridge, who wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed BBC comedy Fleabag and also created the massively successful spy drama Killing Eve. And it seems is after some of that trademark offbeat humour for the struggling Bond script.
In recent months, Waller-Bridge has been 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.
While the producers of Bond 25 have yet to confirm Waller-Bridge’s involvement, we’re very excited at this potential development. She would be joining seasoned Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade in finishing up the screenplay, and would only be the second female writer in history to work on the spy franchise.
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.
Waller-Bridge’s possible involvement isn’t the only thing suggesting that the next Bond film may be a little different to those we’ve seen before. Oscar winner Rami Malek is slated to appear as a villain in Bond 25, while Billy Magnussen (Game Night) is believed to have been cast in the film as a CIA agent.
“You write in real time,” Boyle said, when asked if his ‘Bond girl’ would reflect the #MeToo era.
“You acknowledge the legacy of the world [of Bond] and you write in the world – but you also write in the modern world as well.”
Bond 25 may still be struggling to find its groove, but if anyone can get it in line, it’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
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