“Fleabag” star and “Killing Eve” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has spoken about her contribution to the screenplay for the forthcoming new James Bond film.
Numerous writers have come and gone from the project, but Waller-Bridge’s involvement was only revealed the other month and was said to be a polish to beef up the dialogue and characters.
Speaking with Deadline, the actress, writer and artist says the franchise remains absolutely relevant now:
“There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not [the Bond franchise] is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women. I think that’s bollocks. 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.
When I saw his [Daniel Craig’s] Bond for the first time, there was a wryness to his performance that I really loved. So, I was really excited about writing dialogue for him. I mean, the script was there. It’s already there. I think it’s unfair to say that I’m writing the script.”
One job was to beef up some of the supporting roles – especially three of the female roles played by Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas:
“I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Lea and Ana open them and go, ‘I can’t wait to do that.’ As an actress, I very rarely had that feeling early in my career. That brings me much pleasure, knowing that I’m giving that to an actress.”
With her hiring, Waller-Bridge becomes only the second women in Bond history to be credited on a script after Johanna Hardwood who penned Sean Connery’s first two films in the 1960s.
That’s not the only Bond news today as The Daily Mail reports that the film’s premise this time out deals with genetic warfare and that’s one reason why Waller-Bridge was hired – trying to make sense of it for the masses.
Cary Joji Fukunaga is helming the still untitled “Bond 25” which is currently in production ahead of an April 2020 release.