When Phoebe Waller-Bridge was hired to polish the new James Bond script, fans wondered if she would give 007 a feminist makeover.
But fear not: the world’s favourite sexist spy will continue his womanising ways. Just don’t expect the female characters to fall at his feet.
“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——-. I think he’s absolutely relevant now.
“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,” Waller-Bridge said.
In an interview with Deadline, the Fleabag and Killing Eve creator said she is, in fact, a fan of Daniel Craig’s Bond. “When I saw his Bond for the first time, there was a wryness to his performance that I really loved. So, I was really excited about writing dialogue for him.”
She intends to give the lead actresses – Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas – dialogue that makes them feel “like real people”.