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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Daniel Craig to undergo ankle surgery after Bond 25 injury

Daniel Craig needs to undergo “minor ankle surgery” following an injury he sustained on the set of the new Bond film.Shooting only got underway on the 25th, currently untitled, instalment of the spy franchise in April, with Daniel, who has played James…

Daniel Craig needs to undergo “minor ankle surgery” following an injury he sustained on the set of the new Bond film.

Shooting only got underway on the 25th, currently untitled, instalment of the spy franchise in April, with Daniel, who has played James Bond since 2006’s Casino Royale, hurting himself a few weeks later on the Jamaican set.

The official James Bond Twitter account has now confirmed the English star’s injury needs proper medical attention, but reps insist it won’t halt production.

“BOND 25 update: Daniel Craig will be undergoing minor ankle surgery resulting from an injury sustained during filming in Jamaica. Production will continue whilst Craig is rehabilitating for two weeks post-surgery. The film remains on track for the same release date in April 2020,” the tweet reads.

Following the incident, a shoot planned for Pinewood Studios near London was cancelled, but the schedule is now back on track and filming will continue as the 51-year-old undergoes surgery and then spends time recovering.

Reports suggest filming in Jamaica has now wrapped and the production has moved to Europe.

Bond 25 will likely be Daniel’s 007 swan song. Rami Malek has joined the franchise as the villain, with Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw among the Bond regulars returning for another outing.

Cary Joji Fukunaga is helming the new film, after Danny Boyle exited the project due to creative differences.

Danny was also co-writing the movie, leaving producers to draft in Scott Z. Burns to take over the role. Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is also on the writing team, with reports claiming she was brought in to spice up the script.

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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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Thandie Newton wows in couture at Solo: A Star Wars Story premiere

Thandie Newton looked out of this world at the Solo: A Star Wars Story premiere on Thursday night (10May18).The British actress joined her co-stars on the red carpet at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles for the debut of the latest instalment of the…

Thandie Newton looked out of this world at the Solo: A Star Wars Story premiere on Thursday night (10May18).

The British actress joined her co-stars on the red carpet at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles for the debut of the latest instalment of the Star Wars anthology, which explores the adventures of a young Han Solo and Chewbacca.

While Thandie is costumed in a leather jacket and matching trousers for her role as Val in the film, she opted for a much more glamorous look for the screening, choosing to wear a black gown with sheer skirt from Christian Dior for the night.

“Out the door and J’ADORE,” Thandie’s stylist Erin Walsh captioned a snap posted on Instagram of the actress as she headed to the event. “Kicking off the #HanSolo #starwars @starwars tour #letsdothis.”

Emilia Clarke, who takes on the part of Qi’Ra in Solo, got dressed up for the night too. The Game of Thrones star rocked a dark red ballgown with white floral print from Valentino and had her freshly dyed platinum blonde tresses swept back into an elegant ponytail. She accessorised with Christian Louboutin high heels and topped off the glamorous ensemble with glittering earrings from Neil Lane.

Han Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich made a sartorial statement in a blue three-piece suit, while Donald Glover, who plays Lando Calrissian, chose to wear a red suit which he complemented with white sneakers and a couple of gold chains around his neck.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge got into the theme of the evening by donning a long white sequin gown from Adam Lippes which she matched with Gianvito Rossi heels, while Woody Harrelson stuck with his signature relaxed look and wore a blue suit with a black T-shirt.

A number of celebrities turned out to show their support for the film as well, with Sofia Vergara rocking up in a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta dress, and Jaime King wowing in a sheer gown with multicoloured tiered skirt from Schiaparelli.

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