Bond 25: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Wants To Make Bond Girls Feel ‘Real’

Bond 25 promises to be a very different film to what came before it, and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has now opened up about wanting to ensure the female characters feel more ‘real’.

The James Bond franchise is now the longest-running Hollywood franchise of all time.

They’re onto their twenty-fifth official Bond movie and it doesn’t look like the Bond train is going to stop any time soon.

However, in order to remain relevant in this day and age, they’re going to have to change the way their films approach their female characters, and it looks like writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge is making it her mission to do exactly that.

The Killing Eve and Fleabag writer was brought on-board by Daniel Craig himself (apparently) to work on the script and jazz it up slightly.

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Apparently Craig was so impressed by her work on Killing Eve and Fleabag that he was adamant she should be brought onto the project.

Now, the British actress/writer has revealed that she intends to make the female characters, and Bond girls in particular, feel more, as she put it, “real”.

Waller-Bridge said during an appearance on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter Podcast that her contribution to Bond 25 is “mainly about making them [Bond girls] feel like real people, you know? Which they do in the previous films. ”

She said: “It’s really exciting. The film they’ve got is such an exciting story. It’s just been a joy to work on.”

She was then asked whether she would bring some of the “female, feminist humour” into the film and she replied: “Well, we’ll see, we’ll see what I can sneak in.

“I think Daniel’s films have had really fantastic Bond girls, so it’s just keeping it up.”

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Bond 25 will see French actress Lea Seydoux return as Dr Madeleine Swann, and it was announced that the film would also star Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris and Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch.

At the launch, Craig told BBC News: “Bond has always adapted for the times. But you’re dealing with a character who is flawed, who has issues, and I think that’s something that’s worth still exploring and grappling with.

“Of course, we wouldn’t be movie-makers or creative people if we didn’t have an eye on what was going on in the outside world.”

The film will also star Oscar-winner Rami Malek as the new villain which Bond will be going up against, and it’ll be directed by Cary Fukunaga who stepped in to replace Danny Boyle after he left due to ‘creative differences’.

Bond 25 will be hitting UK cinemas on April 8, 2020.

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