For the first time in decades, a woman is bringing a female perspective to the James Bond franchise.
It was recently announced that “Killing Eve” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge had joined the writing team on the upcoming and still-untitled 25th entry in the long-running series.
Speaking on The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Awards Chatter” podcast, the acclaimed writer spoke about helping to mould the new film.
“It’s really exciting,” she said. “The film they’ve got is such an exciting story. It’s just been a joy to work on.”
Asked about whether she would be including some of her signature feminist humour in the film, she said, “Well, we’ll see, we’ll see what I can sneak in. But it’s mainly about making them feel like real people, you know? Which they do in the previous films.”
Waller-Bridge added, “I think Daniel [Craig]’s films have had really fantastic Bond girls, so it’s just keeping it up.”
Waller-Bridge spoke further about females and “Bond” in an interview with Deadline.
She said: “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 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.”
Meanwhile, one of the film’s stars, Naomie Harris, also spoke about the addition of the “Fleabag” writer to the creative team.
“Phoebe Waller-Bridge is going to ramp up the female perspective on Bond 25,” she said at an event in London, according to The Daily Mail. “The Bond of old, his days are numbered.”
Waller-Bridge will be the first woman to have a writing credit on a James Bond film since Johanna Harwood, who had a hand in the scripts for “Dr. No” in 1962 and “From Russia with Love” in 1963.
“Bond 25” is currently set for release April 8, 2020, with Daniel Craig returning to star and Cary Fukunaga directing.