Earlier this year Quentin Tarantino made headlines at a Cannes press conference for a rather abrupt ‘shutdown’ answer to a question about Margot Robbie’s lack of dialogue in the film to which he responded “I just reject your hypothesis” and refused to speak further on the matter.
Now James Bond star Daniel Craig is making headlines today for shutting down another reporter over a question, although this time Craig handled it far better and took the reporter to task for asking it in the first place.
Speaking to The Sunday Times via (IndieWire), Craig discussed the recently wrapped Bond film “No Time to Die” which cites five writers, most notably “Fleabag” and “Killing Eve” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge who has become famous in recent years for her remarkable skill with playful dialogue and characterisation.
During the interview, Craig was asked by the reporter about whether or not Waller-Bridge was hired to provide a more inclusive angle to a franchise centered around a misogynist character. Craig pushed back against the question:
“Look, we’re having a conversation about Phoebe’s gender here, which is f–king ridiculous. She’s a great writer. Why shouldn’t we get Phoebe onto ‘Bond?’. I know where you’re going, but I don’t actually want to have that conversation. I know what you’re trying to do, but it’s wrong. It’s absolutely wrong.
She’s a f–king great writer. One of the best English writers around. I said, ‘Can we get her on the film?’ That’s where I came from… She’s just brilliant. I had my eye on her ever since the first ‘Fleabag,’ and then I saw ‘Killing Eve’ and what she did with that and just wanted her voice. It is so unique – we are very privileged to have her on board.”
Earlier in the year, Waller-Bridge herself shut down the idea of turning Bond into a pro-feminist character, telling Deadline that labelling the character as irrelevant in this day and age is “bollocks” and added: “I think he’s absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to this character.”
Neil Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns and the film’s director Cary Joji Fukunaga also worked on the script for “No Time to Die” which is set to arrive in theaters on April 8th 2020.