It’s been four years since Spectre, the last James Bond movie, was released. Since then Hollywood has seen allegations of sexual harassment come to light in the era of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements. And considering the debate around the character of 007’s misogyny towards women, especially in the early films, the next Bond film No Time To Die will reflect changing attitudes, according to Daniel Craig and Bond producer Barbara Broccoli.
Fleabag and Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge was recruited to work on the script, the second woman credited as a writer on a Bond movie ever.
And while some fans have thought she was brought on to modernise the character in light of the Me Too Movement, that’s not the case according to her and Craig.
Speaking with The Sunday Times, the incumbent Bond said it was “f***ing ridiculous” that Phoebe was recruited because she was a woman.
The 51-year-old added: “She’s a great writer. Why shouldn’t we get Phoebe onto Bond? That’s the answer to that.”
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Craig added: “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—— great writer. One of the best English writers around. I said, ‘Can we get her on the film?’ That’s where I came from.”
And now Phoebe has spoken for herself in a new interview with the BBC, claiming the franchise heads were modernising Bond themselves anyway and she was simply recruited because she’s writer, as Craig said.
The 34-year-old said: “They were already doing that themselves. They’re having that conversation with themselves the whole time.”
She continued: “[My involvement] was much more practical.
“Just, ‘You’re a writer, we need some help with these scenes. And you come up with some dialogue for these characters’.”
Phoebe revealed it was Broccoli who was in contact first, saying: “We met for coffee and then a few months later we met again.
“And then I met the director Cary Joji Fukunaga and then I met Daniel after that. But I know Daniel and Barbara had been talking about it for while.”
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After chatting over the script with Craig in New York, Phoebe spent “a lot of time” on the No Time To Die set and it sounds like she’s loving it.
She added: “It doesn’t get cooler [than writing lines for James Bond].”
Meanwhile, the budget for No Time To Die has been revealed.
And it turns out the new Bond film is the most expensive to date.
No Time To Die’s budget is $250 million, topping Spectre’s initial costs by $5 million.
The film’s official synopsis reads: “James Bond has left active service when his friend Felix Leiter enlists his help in the search for a missing scientist.
“When it becomes apparent that the scientist was abducted, Bond must confront a danger the likes of which the world has never seen before.”
No Time To Die will be released in UK cinemas on April 2, 2020.
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