There is precious little the team behind the James Bond film No Time to Die can say about the upcoming project. And yet, Phoebe Waller-Bridge is having fun teasing out her involvement on the script, offering little crumbs along the way, Hansel and Greteling fans toward the future blockbuster’s release next spring. In an interview with the BBC the Fleabag and Killing Eve creator spoke a bit about her contributions to 007’s narrative, including the “little spices” she added to the story.
“They were just looking for tweaks across a few of the characters and a few of the storylines,” she said.
The writer and actor also noted that she wasn’t brought in simply to focus on upgrading the spy franchise’s notoriously misogynistic world. “They were already doing that themselves,” she said of the team, which includes director and co-writer Cary Fukunaga. “They’re having that conversation with themselves the whole time. It [her involvement] was much more practical. Just, ‘You’re a writer, we need some help with these scenes. And you come up with some dialogue for these characters.’”
She’s essentially reiterating what Bond star Daniel Craig said earlier this week. In a particularly spicy interview, Craig brusquely waved away intimations that Waller-Bridge was brought on to win the film’s team feminist brownie points.
“Look, we’re having a conversation about Phoebe’s gender here, which is fucking ridiculous,” Craig said to the Sunday Times. “She’s a great writer. Why shouldn’t we get Phoebe onto Bond? That’s the answer to that.”
He continued, adding, “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 fucking great writer. One of the best English writers around. I said, ‘Can we get her on the film?’ That’s where I came from.”
Waller-Bridge has proven her spy-writing capabilities thanks to Killing Eve, the cat-and-mouse dramedy starring Sandra Oh as an MI6 agent trailing after a renowned assassin. Waller-Bridge is also still riding a professional high after winning three Emmys at this year’s awards ceremony, capping off Fleabag Season 2’s glorious critical run.
In the BBC interview, the writer shared that she’s been enjoying the process of working on the upcoming film, set for an April 2020 release. “It doesn’t get cooler” than writing Bond lines, she added.
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