'Fleabag' and 'Killing Eve' creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge will make Bond girls "feel like real people" with Bond 25 script
We may not be getting a female Bond anytime soon, but with 'Fleabag' and 'Killing Eve' creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge onboard this ship, we're hoping to get some great female energy.
Speaking on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter Podcast, she said: "It's really exciting. The film they've got is such an exciting story. It's just been a joy to work on." Asked whether she would bring some of the "female, feminist humor" evident in her two signature shows to date, she added: "Well, we'll see, we'll see what I can sneak in."
Speaking about the criticism regarding how Bond's women were written, she says her job will be to 'make them feel real'. She said: "It's mainly about making them feel like real people, which they do in the previous films. I think Daniel's films have had really fantastic Bond girls and it's about keeping that up." Waller-Bridge stars in 'Fleabag' and last year appeared in 'Star Wars: A Solo Story'. 'Killing Eve', her TV adaptation of Luke Jennings's 'Codename Villanelle' novella series, leads this year's Bafta TV Award nominations. Waller-Bridge is one of several writers on the project
James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli recently revealed that it was star Daniel Craig's idea to bring the 'Fleabag' creator on board to work on the script. "It was Daniel's idea, we all leapt to it, we loved her," she explained. "She has made a great contribution to it." It's hard to imagine Waller-Bridge's Bond story being anything but feminist. Her TV series, while vastly different in subject matter, feature complex, nuanced women, who aren't afraid to toe the line (or sometimes just downright cross it) when it comes to societal norms.
The cast for the upcoming untitled Bond 25 film was announced at a live reveal at Ian Fleming’s home in Jamaica. Alongside Waller-Bridge, the movie recently announced its cast, with Rami Malekset to join the franchise alongside returning stars Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright and Léa Seydoux.
The next Bond film has had a difficult production till now. Danny Boyle was initially set to co-write and direct the film but parted ways with the producers following creative differences. Cary Joji Fukunaga has since taken over, with the film now going by the working title 'Eclipse'. Reports previously claimed that Bond 25 had the working title 'Shatterhand', which was used in the books as an alias for arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
At the launch, Craig told BBC News: "Bond has always adapted for the times. But you're dealing with a character who is flawed, who has issues, and I think that's something that's worth still exploring and grappling with. "Of course, we wouldn't be movie-makers or creative people if we didn't have an eye on what was going on in the outside world." There have also been reports that Bond will also drive an electric car in the film. From conserving energy to becoming at least a little more feminist, the secret service agent Bond25 is sure to make a change for the better.
The 25th James Bond film will be released in the UK on April 3, 2020, and in the US on April 8, 2020.
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