28 September 2021

Phoebe Waller-Bridge shares thoughts on female Bond

28 September 2021

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has said she would not be in favour of a female Bond

The acclaimed creator of Fleabag was drafted in to work on the No Time To Die script and walked the red carpet at the film’s glittering Royal Albert Hall premiere.

She told the PA news agency: “I think Bond is James Bond. We just need to cook up someone to rival him.”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge attending the world premiere of No Time To Die at the Royal Albert Hall (Jonathan Brady/PA) (PA Wire)

When asked if she could be the one to create such a character, she laughed and said: “I have to be careful what I say.”

Waller-Bridge, known for her razor-sharp humour and offbeat style, worked closely with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and director Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Explaining her role in No Time To Die, she said: “They asked me to come on board to add to the pot they were already working on.

“There was already a script, they had some things they wanted to go in a different direction with, they wanted the character work to be even deeper and look into more nuance in the characters.

“It was really an overall look at the whole script with them, to be able to work with Cary, who was also writing on it while he was in deeper prep with other things.

Lashana Lynch, Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux and Cary Joji Fukunaga attending the world premiere of No Time To Die (Ian West/PA) (PA Wire)

“It was to support them as much as come up with new stuff and throw it at them and see if they liked it. That was a wonderful experience because it was a collaboration but it wasn’t fully my vision.

“So I could say, ‘does this work for you? Does this work for you?’ And I’m really, really excited to see that some of it did work for them and it’s on the screen.”

The film will be released in UK cinemas on September 30.

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