So here’s the tea: the Bond franchise hasn’t hired a female writer since 1963. That finally changed when Fleabag and Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge was recently hired to polish the script on Bond 25. These action flicks may always be high on the testosterone, but having a woman in the writer’s room couldn’t hurt, especially when it comes to the iconic Bond Girls.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge was reportedly approached by 007 himself to join the team of writers rounding out Daniel Craig’s last hurrah as the suave secret agent. He wanted some of her specific brand of “wit and quirkiness” he’s a fan of from Fleabag in the Bond 25 script. It will be exciting to see a bit of Waller-Bridge’s offbeat humor in the upcoming film. It also looks like her involvement will benefit the movie beyond that too. Check out her recent words:
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.
In a world where powerful men are being exposed left and right for taking advantage of women, James Bond’s womanizer ways isn’t exactly one to side with. But it’s the very nature of the character and has been for almost 70 years. Should James Bond change to reflect a more modern hero? Phoebe Waller-Bridge doesn’t think so.
Following the #MeToo era, there are still plenty of playboys left in the world, including James Bond in the fictional space. As Phoebe Waller-Bridge explains, it’s not important that his lifestyle changes because it’s more relevant than ever. The focus of the franchise going forward needs to be on crafting more three-dimensional women who reflect the world today, and per her words to Deadline, it looks like the Fleabag star will help make that happen in Bond 25.
The film has already hired several actresses, including the return of Léa Seydoux’s Madeleine Swann and Naomie Harris’ Moneypenny, as well as newcomers Lashana Lynch (from Captain Marvel) and Ana de Armas. Phoebe Waller-Bridge continued with this:
I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Léa 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.
In an additional effort to give Bond 25 a better edge, the film has reportedly hired an intimacy coordinator for the first time for the franchise to help the actors feel comfortable and during the movie’s sex scenes.
After Danny Boyle dropped the project last year, the director was replaced by Cary Joji Fukunaga. The new helmer best known for his work on It is also co-writing the script with Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum) and frequent Bond writing team Robert Wade and Neil Purvis. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the latest addition to the movie hitting theaters on April 8, 2020.