Lashana Lynch thrilled to work with Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Bond movie

Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas were thrilled to discover Phoebe Waller-Bridge had been hired as a writer on their James Bond movie No Time to Die.The Fleabag creator was brought onboard the project by Bond actor Daniel Craig and helped redraft a script…

Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas were thrilled to discover Phoebe Waller-Bridge had been hired as a writer on their James Bond movie No Time to Die.

The Fleabag creator was brought onboard the project by Bond actor Daniel Craig and helped redraft a script written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Scott Z. Burns. Accordingly, franchise newcomers Lynch and de Armas were thrilled to learn of her involvement.

“I very literally squealed when I first heard her name,” the Captain Marvel actress told The Hollywood Reporter. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, British girl just like me. She’s going to know how to actually take care of women onscreen.'”

“I saw Phoebe, and I just blushed – I got red like a tomato,” the Knives Out star added. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, can I hug you? I want to be your friend.'”

The hire was considered an attempt by franchise producers to bring the films into modern times, with more well-rounded female characters that aren’t just Bond’s conquests.

Cuban actress de Armas told the publication it was clear the franchise was evolving by the fact that Lynch is a main character and gets to wear trousers, and while her character Paloma wears a gown and heels, she has insisted there is more to her than her appearance.

“She’s got this bubbliness of someone who is excited to be on a mission, but she plays with this ambiguity — you don’t really know if she’s like a really trained, prepared partner for Bond,” she said. “(Her) brains and looks are equal this time. She’s very smart. She helps Bond navigate through certain things that he wouldn’t be able to do alone.”

Meanwhile, Lynch explained that she approached Waller-Bridge with ideas about her character and they help craft a real woman who was “round enough the edges”.

No Time to Die hits cinemas in 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’s Golden Globes tuxedo sells for over $27,000

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Golden Globes outfit has been sold for $27,450 (£21,200) to raise funds for the victims of Australia’s bushfires.The Fleabag creator wore the tuxedo, created by the designers at Ralph & Russo, to collect two prizes at the awards…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Golden Globes outfit has been sold for $27,450 (£21,200) to raise funds for the victims of Australia’s bushfires.

The Fleabag creator wore the tuxedo, created by the designers at Ralph & Russo, to collect two prizes at the awards bash in Los Angeles earlier this month.

After the ceremony, the custom-made two-piece, which featured geometric black and gold ribbon applique, Chantilly lace and a silk lapel, was signed by the star and put on the auction site eBay.

On Sunday, the auction closed with just one bid of AU$40,000, the equivalent of $27,450 (£21,200).

In a statement announcing she was auctioning the item, Phoebe said: “I’m very excited that this stunning, one of a kind, couture tuxedo created by Australian geniuses Ralph & Russo will continue its journey by contributing to this urgent cause.

“If money raised by its auction can help raise funds to fight the disaster in Australia, the future impact of this suit will be far greater than the luck it brought me and the Fleabag team at the Golden Globes.”

Originally from Australia, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo co-founded their couture label in London in 2006. They have since built up a reputation for outfitting celebrities like Beyonce, Blake Lively, and Angelina Jolie.

The bushfires in the country have caused mass destruction, killing at least 25 people, hundreds of millions of animals, and destroying more than 2,000 homes.

A host of stars including Chris Hemsworth, Kylie Minogue, Ellen DeGeneres, and Pink have donated to relief efforts.

Meanwhile, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alice Cooper, k.d. lang, and Olivia Newton-John are headlining a benefit concert for those affected next month.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge auctioning Golden Globes suit in aid of bushfire relief efforts

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is auctioning off the suit she wore to the 2020 Golden Globe Awards to raise funds for bushfire relief efforts in Australia.The British star, who won Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in …

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is auctioning off the suit she wore to the 2020 Golden Globe Awards to raise funds for bushfire relief efforts in Australia.

The British star, who won Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for her TV show Fleabag on Sunday night, sported a black ensemble with silk lapels as well as geometric black and gold ribbon appliques custom-made for her by the team at Ralph & Russo to the bash.

But while speaking to reporters after the prizegiving, Phoebe announced that she will be selling off the suit shortly, with any funds raised to go to the charities helping tackle the blazes across Australia.

“We’ve hatched an amazing plan with Ralph & Russo who are Australian designers who’ve created this incredible couture suit which is the most incredible thing I’ve ever worn,” she said. “We’re going to auction it and the money that is raised from it will go towards relief in Australia. It’s a beautiful idea from the team so I’m really excited to be part of that.”

The 34-year-old did not announce when or where the auction will take place.

Originally from Australia, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo co-founded their couture label in London in 2006. They have since built up a reputation for outfitting celebrities like Beyonce, Blake Lively, and Angelina Jolie.

Phoebe is one of many stars donating to the relief efforts, with Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Pink, and Kylie Minogue each pledging $500,000 (£380,000), while Chris Hemsworth announced on Monday that he has donated $1 million (£760,000).

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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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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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Lashana Lynch’s 007 to be a ‘real woman’

Lashana Lynch was determined to make sure her new 007 character in the latest James Bond film was true to the lives of real women on screen.The Captain Marvel star plays British secret service spy Nomi in the upcoming instalment No Time to Die, who sta…

Lashana Lynch was determined to make sure her new 007 character in the latest James Bond film was true to the lives of real women on screen.

The Captain Marvel star plays British secret service spy Nomi in the upcoming instalment No Time to Die, who starts the movie with Bond’s iconic codename, as Daniel Craig’s superspy is initially in retirement.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the British actress revealed she was determined to make her character different to the glamorous Bond girl archetype, and have her face the same problems as everyday women while serving as a spy.

“I didn’t want someone who was slick. I wanted someone who was rough around the edges and who has a past and a history and has issues with her weight and maybe questions what’s going on with her boyfriend,” she explained.

The 31-year-old star even spoke to the film’s co-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge and director Cary Joji Fukunaga about including one scene in which her character is on her period.

“We had one conversation about her maybe being on her period in one scene, and maybe at the beginning of the scene – and I spoke to Cary about this – throwing her tampon in the thing,” she revealed.

Lynch said all of the film’s producers, writers, and its director were open to her ideas, adding: “Everyone was really responsive to having her be what I wanted. You’re given a fresh perspective on a brand-new black woman in the Bond world.”

Nomi being assigned the 007 codename caused a stir among male fans of the franchise, due to its traditional focus on Bond as a hyper-masculine alpha male who women swoon over. However, the actress is totally unfazed by their objections as she believes their feelings aren’t personal.

“It doesn’t dishearten me. It makes me feel quite sad for some people because their opinions, they’re not even from a mean place – they’re actually from a sad place,” she mused. “It’s not about me. People are reacting to an idea, which has nothing to do with my life.”

No Time to Die will debut in cinemas in April.

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Daniel Craig shuts down suggestion Phoebe Waller-Bridge was diversity hire for Bond film

Daniel Craig has hit back at the suggestion Phoebe Waller-Bridge was brought in as a diversity hire on new James Bond movie No Time to Die.The Fleabag creator was drafted in to finesse the script written by director Cary Joji Fukunaga and screenwriter …

Daniel Craig has hit back at the suggestion Phoebe Waller-Bridge was brought in as a diversity hire on new James Bond movie No Time to Die.

The Fleabag creator 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.

Since then, it’s been suggested Phoebe was brought in to make the film more representative of the state of the world today, but when a reporter for Britain’s The Sunday Times asked Daniel about the claims, he insisted her hiring had nothing to do with her gender.

“Look, we’re having a conversation about Phoebe’s gender here, which is f**king ridiculous. She’s a great writer. Why shouldn’t we get Phoebe onto Bond?” the 51-year-old said.

As the reporter pushed on with questioning about whether Phoebe’s hiring was largely because of the studio’s desire to hire more women, Daniel hit back: “I know where you’re going but I don’t actually want to have that conversation. I know what you’re trying to do but it’s wrong. It’s absolutely wrong. She’s a f**king great writer. One of the best English writers around. I said, ‘Can we get her on the film?’ That’s where I came from.

“She’s just brilliant. I had my eye on her ever since the first Fleabag, and then I saw Killing Eve and what she did with that and just wanted her voice. It is so unique – we are very privileged to have her on board.”

During an interview with Deadline in May, Phoebe denied she would be making the spy more of a feminist.

“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 b**locks,” she said. “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.”

No Time to Die recently finished filming. It is slated for release in April 2020.

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Jordan Peele to receive BAFTA’s Britannia Award for directing

Jordan Peele is to receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing from BAFTA Los Angeles. The filmmaker, who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his directorial debut Get Out, will be honoured with the 2019 John Schlesinger Britannia A…

Jordan Peele is to receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing from BAFTA Los Angeles.

The filmmaker, who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his directorial debut Get Out, will be honoured with the 2019 John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing in recognition of his two horror films, Get Out and Us.

“Jordan Peele has earned record-breaking success and critical acclaim through work that pushes boundaries and shines a light on stories of important social relevance,” said BAFTA Los Angeles chief executive Chantal Rickards in a statement. “His imaginative storylines, inclusive casting, and bold style evokes John Schlesinger’s spirit of independence, integrity and commitment to excellence. We are honoured to celebrate Jordan’s talents at this year’s ceremony.”

Peele follows in the footsteps of previous directing honourees including Sam Mendes, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, and Kathryn Bigelow.

Executives at the Los Angeles branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will hand out the honours during in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel in California on 25 October.

The 40-year-old will join other stars at the event, including Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is set to receive the British Artist of the Year prize, Jackie Chan, who will be presented with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment accolade, Jane Fonda, who will be honoured with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, and British actor/comedian Steve Coogan, who will be given the Excellence in Comedy honour.

Peele is currently producing The Twilight Zone TV show, a remake of horror classic Candyman, and animation Wendell and Wild. He served as a writer on all three projects and has also lent his voice to the latter.

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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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