Phoebe Waller-Bridge worked closely with Daniel Craig on No Time To Die script

Phoebe Waller-Bridge was “constantly in touch” with Daniel Craig while helping tweak the script for No Time To Die.Last year, it was revealed that the Fleabag and Killing Eve creator was brought in at the last minute to work on the upcoming 25th Bond m…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge was “constantly in touch” with Daniel Craig while helping tweak the script for No Time To Die.

Last year, it was revealed that the Fleabag and Killing Eve creator was brought in at the last minute to work on the upcoming 25th Bond movie, which stars Craig as the British super spy.

Waller-Bridge told British newspaper The Independent that she had been dreaming about the possibility of one day working on a James Bond film when she got the call asking her to join the writing team.

“The strangest thing is, is that I’d really… I had been sort of dreaming about the idea of it only a few months beforehand. I was like, ‘Oh, wouldn’t it be cool to be involved in a Bond film’ to sort of just put that there in the ether. And then it just came around,” she explained.

And leading man Craig, who personally recommended that Waller-Bridge should be hired to tweak the script, was hands-on throughout the whole process.

“You know, Daniel is really, really involved from the beginning. (I had) so many great conversations with him about it, constantly in touch with him about it,” the three-time Emmy winner gushed. “So it’s a big sort of melting pot of everybody’s ideas the whole time.”

The 34-year-old also revealed that she was asked to do “dialogue polishes” on the script that was co-written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and director Cary Joji Fukunaga.

“It’s about just offering different alternatives… they did give me some scenes and then be like, ‘Can you write some alternatives for this?’ or have another idea about where it could go in the middle or how it would end. And then I would just give them options and various scenes and then they would take what they want,” she shared.

No Time to Die will be in cinemas from 2 April.

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Rami Malek: ‘Phoebe Waller-Bridge gave life to my Bond villain’

Rami Malek has credited Phoebe Waller-Bridge with transforming his villain character in new James Bond film No Time to Die.The Bohemian Rhapsody star, who portrays mysterious villain Safin in the upcoming 007 blockbuster, has revealed that the Emmy and…

Rami Malek has credited Phoebe Waller-Bridge with transforming his villain character in new James Bond film No Time to Die.

The Bohemian Rhapsody star, who portrays mysterious villain Safin in the upcoming 007 blockbuster, has revealed that the Emmy and Golden Globe winner collaborated closely with him to revise the character.

“She had quite an impact on what I was doing,” Malek told Entertainment Weekly. “I’d have long phone conversations with her, giving her context as to what we were essentially looking for in the scenes, and she would turn things over incredibly quickly… We know her as a very witty and funny writer, but she’s got a knack for drama and tension as well.”

The Fleabag creator was hired last year after James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, personally recommended her as he was impressed by Waller-Bridge’s writing on the award-winning shows Fleabag and Killing Eve.

“She’s the best f**king writer around,” he stated.

Craig previously dismissed rumours that she was hired to flesh out the movie’s female roles or to bring more diversity to the writing team, with him telling a reporter from The Sunday Times last year that the reports were “f**king ridiculous.”

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga, who replaced Danny Boyle after he departed the 25th Bond movie due to creative differences, also contributed to the screenplay, alongside screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and The Bourne Ultimatum’s Scott Z. Burns.

No Time to Die, which also stars Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright, is released in April.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge slams suggestion she was hired for Bond film because of her gender

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has slammed reports suggesting she was hired to help write the female characters in upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die.The Fleabag creator/actress was drafted in to finesse the script written by director Cary Joji Fukunaga and…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has slammed reports suggesting she was hired to help write the female characters in upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die.

The Fleabag creator/actress was drafted in to finesse the script written by director Cary Joji Fukunaga and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns – which was an update of an earlier draft written by Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

It was subsequently suggested Phoebe had been brought on as a diversity hire and to help write the female characters, and the British actress has now insisted that her gender had nothing to do with landing the job.

The 34-year-old recalled during a recent interview with comedian Deborah Frances-White at the Southbank Centre in London that she was approached by the film’s star, Daniel Craig, and producer Barbara Broccoli.

“The reality was I got a call from Barbara and Daniel saying, ‘We like your work, can you come in and help us?’ There wasn’t ever really a conversation about can you come in and help us with ‘the ladies’,” she shared, according to theguardian.com.

“They are proper, amazing producers and writers and actors and suddenly they are reduced to those people?” Phoebe fired. “The characters were there, the story was there, it was just really exciting to be a part of it. There was a bunch of writers, I was a small contribution to this thing.”

Daniel previously denied the suggestion Phoebe was a diversity hire, calling the claim “f**king ridiculous” and adding to Britain’s Sunday Times, “She’s a great writer. Why shouldn’t we get Phoebe onto Bond?”

Phoebe will be the second woman to be credited as a writer in the Bond franchise after Johanna Harwood, who worked on Dr No and From Russia With Love in the early 1960s.

No Time to Die, which features female characters played by Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch, hits cinemas in April.

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Sam Mendes: ‘Andrew Scott made the most mistakes filming 1917’s long takes’

Andrew Scott made the most mistakes while filming very long takes for Sam Mendes’s new war movie 1917. The Skyfall director’s latest film, starring George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman as two soldiers having to deliver an important message across ene…

Andrew Scott made the most mistakes while filming very long takes for Sam Mendes’s new war movie 1917.

The Skyfall director’s latest film, starring George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman as two soldiers having to deliver an important message across enemy territory, is designed to look like it was shot in a single take, although it was actually made of takes up to nine minutes long seamlessly stitched together, meaning if the actors made an error, they had to start all over again.

During a press conference at London’s Imperial War Museum on Thursday, Mendes revealed the Fleabag star “made more mistakes than anyone else”, despite only having one scene as Lieutenant Leslie, and in response, Scott blamed his mistakes on his prop cigarette lighter.

“Never smoke, never smoke, in anything, on stage or on film, never use a cigarette lighter,” the Irish actor replied.

Mendes then conceded Scott had a lot of props to deal with in his scene.

“You can have seven minutes of magic and then if someone trips or a lighter doesn’t work, even they do something normal like forget half a line, you have to start again and none of it is usable,” the filmmaker continued. “We did see-saw between thinking, ‘Why are we doing this to ourselves?’ and ‘This is the only way to work’… The feeling was so great when we got it but there were some really tough days.”

Speaking of the challenges of acting in a “single-take” film, Scott confessed he didn’t want to be the one to “mess it up”.

“You’re only in it for five minutes, you don’t want to be that guy,” he added. “The great challenge is if you’re doing a scene that’s six minutes long… and you make a mistake in minute four or five, you can’t just go, ‘We’ll do that bit again’, you have to start from the beginning. It’s very much like live theatre.”

1917 is in U.K. cinemas from 10 January.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge finds dressing up ‘very stressful’

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has confessed she finds dressing up to be “very stressful”.In an interview for the December 2019 issue of U.S. Vogue, the Fleabag creator explained that while she enjoys giving the characters in her TV shows chic and opulent wardro…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has confessed she finds dressing up to be “very stressful”.

In an interview for the December 2019 issue of U.S. Vogue, the Fleabag creator explained that while she enjoys giving the characters in her TV shows chic and opulent wardrobes, she struggles to create outfits for herself.

“When you land on an outfit that you love, there’s no greater feeling. I maintain the right to leave the house looking like s**t, in my pyjamas. I find dressing really stressful, just that decision every day. You want to just Steve Jobs it,” Phoebe shared, referencing the late Apple co-founder’s staple wardrobe of a black turtleneck and blue jeans.

The Brit also noted that she specifically wrote Villanelle’s pink tulle dress into the Killing Eve script, with actress Jodie Comer playing the character, and wearing the now-famous creation by designer Molly Goddard.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Emmy-winning star revealed her regret at focusing just on her looks to help get her acting jobs when she was younger.

“I think I felt like the most important thing was how I looked – especially in your 20s, when everyone’s like, ‘Cash in on it now because you haven’t got a lot of time!’ Hair was everything,” the 34-year-old recalled. “I was always trying to please, to do the right kind of acting.”

She also discussed the post-Emmys photo of her celebrating at an after-party while smoking a cigarette and drinking a vodka gimlet cocktail, surrounded by her awards.

While Phoebe isn’t on social media, her friend Josh Cole – head of comedy at the BBC – posted the snap on Instagram, showing her wearing a Monique Lhuillier gown while sat on a sun lounger.

“He always asks for approval,” she insisted. “And I was like, ‘Yes, f**k yes! Approved.’ So approved.”

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Olivia Colman asked Phoebe Waller-Bridge for part in Bond 25

Olivia Colman once asked Phoebe Waller-Bridge if she could have a part in Bond 25. British writer/actress Waller-Bridge was reportedly hired to add more depth to the female characters in the upcoming spy thriller at the request of leading man Daniel…

Olivia Colman once asked Phoebe Waller-Bridge if she could have a part in Bond 25. 

British writer/actress Waller-Bridge was reportedly hired to add more depth to the female characters in the upcoming spy thriller at the request of leading man Daniel Craig, alongside longtime Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.  

Now, Colman has confessed she has asked her friend and former co-star if she could sneak her a little role in the as-yet-untitled 25th Bond movie. 

“Oh, trust me, I’ve tried!” the Academy Award-winning actress told Entertainment Weekly. “I’ve asked!” 

Elsewhere in the interview, Colman revealed she had begged the 34-year-old to let her star in her acclaimed show Fleabag, and even had the opportunity to have the part of Godmother especially written for her.  

“I think I begged Phoebe to be in it, when she was writing the first (season). She’s extraordinary and it’s a pleasure to say anything that she’s written. And also, to film it, is so much fun, because they’re my mates,” she explained. “I will be eternally grateful to Phoebe, because she said, ‘What sort of things do you want to say?’ And I went, ‘Could you write me someone who’s a total ****.’ So, she made up this person for me. Yeah. I always wanted to play the baddie and she’s written a really good one.” 

Elsewhere in the chat, Colman was full of praise for Waller-Bridge, who is also the brains behind another TV hit, Killing Eve, and noted that she appeared to have a “built-in confidence” when it came to penning the second season of Fleabag. 

“She thought, ‘Okay, I know what I’m doing, I’m just going to really let rip.’ And she did. The first episode of the second series, to me, was like a piece of theatre, a piece of writing that I would have studied at school,” the 45-year-old insisted.   

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge planning directorial debut

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is planning on making her directorial debut with a feature film. The British actress and screenwriter is one of Hollywood’s hottest properties after the success of her BBC comedy Fleabag and her espionage drama Killing Eve, and …

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is planning on making her directorial debut with a feature film.

 The British actress and screenwriter is one of Hollywood’s hottest properties after the success of her BBC comedy Fleabag and her espionage drama Killing Eve, and has been drafted in to help improve the script for the next James Bond film. 

 But despite numerous offers, Phoebe has now told editors at The Hollywood Reporter she’s working independently on a movie script.  

 “The day I wrapped Fleabag, I went to bed thinking, ‘I’m never going to have another idea again. Oh s**t,'” she explained. “I woke up with the vision of this film.”  

 Although the star remained tight-lipped about further details, she did reveal she doesn’t intend to appear in the movie but joked, “I blatantly will end up in it.” 

 Phoebe also wants the film to have a full theatrical release rather than be made available on a streaming website – and isn’t keen on signing any deals with the likes of Netflix or Amazon like many other top TV creatives. 

 “You can smell it a mile off when people are just saying, ‘We want to pay for your name,’ to be associated with their company and then have their own agenda,” she said of the newly popular “overall” deals tying star names to firms. “No, I wouldn’t trust that for a second.” 

Elsewhere, the 34-year-old said she was drawn to working on a James Bond film as she sees the character as a similar dark fantasy figure to Villanelle, the assassin protagonist of Killing Eve. 

 “There’s something about James Bond that always intrigued me in a similar way that Villanelle did,” she added. “They live a fantasy! But it’s a life none of us would ever want, if we’re honest. We don’t want to go put a bullet in someone’s head, to sleep with people, and have martinis. It’s a kind of fantasy nightmare.” 

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Jodie Comer was precious about Killing Eve dresses

Jodie Comer was distraught when her Killing Eve character’s designer outfits were destroyed during a scene. The British actress has won huge plaudits as the mysterious and deadly Villanelle in the BBC spy drama, and loved the assassin’s wardrobe so mu…

Jodie Comer was distraught when her Killing Eve character’s designer outfits were destroyed during a scene.

The British actress has won huge plaudits as the mysterious and deadly Villanelle in the BBC spy drama, and loved the assassin’s wardrobe so much that she refused to let them go, even buying some of the outfits when filming finished.

However, she was devastated when during one scene, Sandra Oh’s character MI5 agent Eve discovers Villanelle’s apartment at the end of the first season, and ransacks her wardrobe – tearing outfits out and throwing them to the floor.

Jodie watched in horror, as she already owned half of them.

“So I was being really precious about them getting dirty on the floor. I was like, ‘No!’” she told GQ Hype.

However, she’s yet to dare wear the outfits out in public, for fear of being associated with her deadly on-screen alter-ego.

“They had too much of a connection with the character,” she explained.

And Liverpool-born Jodie credits Phoebe Waller-Bridge for the huge success of Killing Eve, which the Fleabag star wrote.

“I love her so much. I’ve said to her she has to cast me on every single thing she makes from now on. Otherwise, I’ll send Villanelle!” she laughed.

The 26-year-old almost didn’t take the part, as she thought a young, female assassin would be too much of a sexualised role.

“I was like, ‘Oh, f**k no’,” she explained. “Because (thinking of an assassin) I always think of someone in a leather catsuit and six-inch heels scaling walls. Also, ‘How naked is she going to be?'”

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge drafted in to ‘liven up’ Bond 25 script

British actress/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has reportedly been drafted in to spice up the Bond 25 script. The British comedienne, who is best known for creating, writing and starring in BBC sitcom Fleabag, was reportedly approached directly by James …

British actress/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has reportedly been drafted in to spice up the Bond 25 script.

The British comedienne, who is best known for creating, writing and starring in BBC sitcom Fleabag, was reportedly approached directly by James Bond actor Daniel Craig to bring her wit, humour, and quirkiness to the screenplay as he is a fan of the show and her other series Killing Eve, which she helped write and produce, according to Britain’s The Observer.

The 33-year-old has recently been in New York City, where Craig lives, performing a stage version of Fleabag, and during her stay, they reportedly discussed how to improve the script. Film sources claim the British actor felt the screenplay needed some “polishing” and could do with some of Waller-Bridge’s brand of offbeat humour.

Representatives for the film and Waller-Bridge did not respond to comment, while Craig’s U.S. agent said, “I’m not the guy to talk of rumours.”

There have been a number of writers attached to Bond 25. It was originally being written by John Hodge when Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle was in the director’s chair, however, after the duo left in August (18) due to creative differences, Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who helped write recent instalments Spectre and Skyfall, were brought in to rework Hodge’s script. In February (19), it was then revealed that The Bourne Ultimatum’s Scott Z. Burns had been asked to do a rewrite.

If she does join the project, Waller-Bridge will become the second female writer in the Bond franchise after Johanna Harwood, the secretary of Bond producer Harry Saltzman, co-wrote the first film, Dr. No, and its follow-up, From Russia With Love.

The film, now to be directed by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga, has suffered numerous delays, but is now scheduled to be released in April 2020. Pre-production work has begun in locations like Italy, Norway and Jamaica, and it is thought filming will start later this month.

Craig will be joined by returning stars Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Lea Seydoux, while Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek is believed to be a new addition to the cast.

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