Phoebe Waller-Bridge has revealed she’s added “little spices” to the latest film in the James Bond franchise No Time to Die.
The Fleabag creator, who was enlisted by Daniel Craig himself, has been brought in to “help out” with the script for the 25th Bond film.
No Time to Die will be the first Bond film post #MeToo and Time’s Up, but Waller-Bridge explained that she wasn’t brought in to totally overhaul the culture of the films, which in the past have been termed misogynistic.
“They were already doing that themselves,” she explained to the BBC. “They’re having that conversation with themselves the whole time. It [her 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."
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The award-winning writer and actress is only the second woman to have writing credit on a Bond film, joining Johanna Harwood, who worked on Dr No and From Russia With Love in the early 1960s, reports the BBC.
Daniel Craig, who has played 007 since 2006, discussed the script with Waller-Bridge, who then spent “a lot of time “ on set at Pinewood Studios. Craig felt the Bond script needed "polishing" with Waller-Bridge's wit and "offbeat style".
Lashana Lynch, the film’s leading actress, explained her excitement about Waller-Bridge’s involvement: “I very literally squealed when I first heard her name.”
“I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, British girl just like me. She’s going to know how to actually take care of women onscreen.’”
Waller-Bridge has confirmed to fans that she won’t appear in the film, despite rumours of her making a brief appearance.