James Bond didn’t need me to make No Time To Die feminist: Phoebe Waller-Bridge clears up role in new 007 movie
Phoebe Waller Bridge has insisted that she wasn’t brought in to work on No Time To Die to make James Bond woke.
The Fleabag writer is the first woman to earn a writing credit on a Bond film in the spy’s 57 year movie history, joining No Time To Die at Daniel Craig’s request to sharpen up the script.
As a writer whose speciality is strong-willed, badass feminist women, many fans had assumed that PWB had joined the franchise to produce the first post #MeToo Bond film, but the 34-year-old insisted this was not the case.
‘They were just looking for tweaks across a few of the characters and a few of the storylines,’ she told BBC Radio 4’s The Today Programme.
Rather than being brought in to make a woke Bond, Phoebe insisted that she wasn’t trying to change the iconic character’s personality.
‘They were already doing that themselves. They’re having that conversation with themselves the whole time,’ she said.
‘[My involvement] 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.’”
If there’s anyone we trust to write good dialogue, it’s got to be Phoebe.
The Killing Eve showrunner has previously defended her decision to work on the latest instalment in the long-running secret agent franchise, which hits cinemas in 2020, telling Deadline: ‘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 b*****ks. 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.’
God, she just gets it, doesn’t she?