Deadline was able to speak with Bond 25 co-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) about her work on the Daniel Craig film, where she revealed her excitement to tackle dialogue for him and helping grow/evolve the Bond franchise.
WALLER-BRIDGE: “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.”
“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.”
“I just want to make sure that when they get those pages though, that Lashana, Léa, and Ana open them and go, ‘I can’t wait to do that.’ As an actress, I very rarely had that feeling early in my career. That brings me much pleasure, knowing that I’m giving that to an actress.”
Currently, the production was placed on hiatus as Daniel Craig undergoes ankle surgery after injuring himself during the Jamaica leg of the shoot.
“Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”
The rest of the cast includes recent Best Actor Oscar winner Rami Malek, Jeffrey Wright, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Ben Whishaw, Billy Magnussen, Rory Kinnear, David Dencik, and Dali Benssalah.
The release date on the still untitled Bond 25 is set for April 8th, 2020.