Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge has reportedly been drafted in to work on the script for Bond 25.
According to the Observer, Daniel Craig asked Waller-Bridge to ‘liven up the script’ of his final outing as 007, which is said to be based on the novel Never Dream of Dying by Raymond Benson.
The Bond actor is reportedly a fan of Fleabag, as well as Waller-Bridge’s other critically-acclaimed BBC show, Killing Eve. It’s claimed that Craig wants the BAFTA-winning writer, who is currently performing in a stage version of Fleabag in New York, to bring her unique brand of humour to the script.
It’s a savvy choice if true. While Fleabag’s fourth-wall breaks would be a better fit for Roger Moore’s Bond (he’d average about five arched eyebrows a minute), Waller-Bridge’s quick, caustic wit would fit perfectly into the darker tone of the recent films. That’s not to mention her work on Killing Eve, one of the most critically-acclaimed spy thrillers of the past decade.
The upcoming Bond film suffered a big setback in September when Danny Boyle, who was attached to direct and co-write the film with his long-time creative partner John Hodge, left the project. True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga ultimately took over directing duties, and writing duo Neil Purvis and Robert Wade re-worked the script.
The film’s release date was eventually pushed back to April 2020, with filming set to begin next month under the working title ‘Eclipse’. It’s been rumoured that Bohemian Rhapsody actor Rami Malek will play the villain, and that Bond will drive an electric Aston Martin.
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