Fleabag creator and all-round genius Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been telling BBC News about her involvement in bringing James Bond’s 25th installment, No Time to Die into the #metoo era, by performing what she calls “tweaks” to the script.
With Daniel Craig coming out last week and rightfully clarifying that Waller-Bridge was hired for her writing skills rather than gender, telling The Insider that it was “fucking ridiculous. She’s a great writer. Why shouldn’t we get Phoebe onto Bond? That’s the answer to that.”, PWB told the BBC that her role wasn’t to reinvent the the franchise, but to add “tweaks across a few of the characters and a few of the storylines”.
The award-winning writer went on to say that any shift in Bond’s culture was already in place, adding that “They were already doing that themselves…having that conversation with themselves the whole time. It (her role) 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’.”
Following Johanna Harwood on Dr. No (1962!!!!), Waller-Bridge is only the second woman to have a writing credit in the series’ 57 year history.
Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
No Time To Die is set for release in the UK on April 2nd 2020 and in the U.S. on April 8th 2020 and stars Daniel Craig (James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Rory Kinnear (Tanner), Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Ben Whishaw (Q), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter) and Christoph Waltz (Blofeld), while new additions include Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), Billy Magnussen (Velvet Buzzsaw), Dali Benssalah (A Faithful Man) and David Dencik (Top of the Lake).