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Phoebe Waller-Bridge opens up about her work on the script for new James Bond movie
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge opens up about her work on the script for new James Bond movie

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has opened up about her work on the script for the new James Bond movie.

The Fleabag creator was brought in to make changes to the script by producers after a recommendation by Daniel Craig and has now spoken about the work she did. 

She told 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 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."

The writer revealed that her work has largely focused on the female characters in the story, who will be played by a returning Léa Seydoux as well as newcomers Blade Runner 2049 star Ana De Armas and Captain Marvel's Lashana Lynch.

Waller-Bridge added: "I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Léa and Ana open them and go, 'I can’t wait to do that,'" she admits. "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."

She also praised Daniel Craig's portrayal of 007, adding: "When I saw his Bond for the first time, there was a wryness to his performance that I really loved," she says. "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."

Production on the new Bond movie is currently on hold while Craig recuperates after ankle surgery, but will resume in the coming weeks. 

The new Bond film, which is still untitled, will see Rami Malek, De Armas and Lynch join the cast, while Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Seydoux and Jeffrey Wright will be returning to star. 

The new cast have not unveiled who they will be playing, but it is widely expected that Malek will play the movie's villain, especially with Spectre antagonist Christoph Waltz not part of the cast for the new film. 

Both Scott Z.Burns and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge have been named as writers along with director Cary Fukunaga and long-time 007 scribes Robert Wade and Neal Purvis. 

The movie's official synopsis reads as follows: 

"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 as yet untitled movie will hit cinemas on April 3rd in the UK and in the US on April 8th in 2020.

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