Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about her work on script of ‘Bond 25’ to ensure it will ‘treat women properly’

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge recently spoke with Deadline about her contribution to the upcoming 25th James Bond film, calling it “absolutely relevant now.”

The writer and performer said the long-running film franchise has to “grow” and “evolve” and “Bond 25” has to “treat women properly,” even if the womanizing English spy himself doesn’t.

The “Fleabag” creator and star told Deadline about her work polishing the script for the Cary Joji Fukunaga-directed film, which is due for release in 2020.

“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,” she said. “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.”

An Emmy Award nominee for her writing on the first season of “Killing Eve,” Waller-Bridge becomes only the second woman in Bond history to be credited on a script after Johanna Hardwood, who wrote on 1962’s “Dr. No” and 1963’s “From Russia With Love.”

She isn’t the only writer to work on the script; along with the director and Waller-Bridge, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Scott Z. Burns are credited as writers on the project.

Waller-Bridge told Deadline that she previously had an appreciation for Daniel Craig’s depiction of 007; he will reprise the role in “Bond 25.”

“When I saw his Bond for the first time, there was a wryness to his performance that I really loved,” she said. “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.”

Waller-Bridge, who is also working on HBO series “Run” with her creative partner Vicky Jones, said she wanted to make sure that the characters, played by actors including Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, “felt like real people.”

The British auteur and actor also talked with Deadline’s Antonia Blyth on the second season of “Fleabag,” handing over the reins of “Killing Eve” and her views on winning a best woman in business award. The full interview is part of Deadline present AwardsLine’s Comedy print issue, published Wednesday.

-BAM

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