The British press carried a number of reports on Sunday, 14th April, that the acclaimed British screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who penned the award-winning BBC TV series Fleabag and also Killing Eve, has undertaken dialogue work on the script for Bond 25.
Waller-Bridge is reported to have met Bond star Daniel Craig in New York earlier this year, and agreed to ‘polish’ and sharpen some of the dialogue and introduce some other ‘tweaks’ to the storyline. Craig is said to be a big fan of her work, especially the comedy Fleabag, and, when they met for the first time, it is reported that ‘they immediately hit it off’.
The 33-year old Waller-Bridge, who was born in Ealing in West London, is an actress, playwright and screenwriter, who has also gained some directing experience. The first series of Fleabag was highly praised and gained her a BAFTA. The second (and final) series of Fleabag recently came to a conclusion on British TV, and also received rave reviews from critics.
Interestingly, 007 producer Barbara Broccoli co-produced the Broadway theatre version of Fleabag, which adds credence to the latest media reports on Waller-Bridge’s 007 work.
However, caution is needed. The UK newspapers which reported on Waller-Bridge’s involvement on Bond 25 could not resist embellishing their reports with speculation about what the screenwriter has introduced into the script, and a couple of the newspapers recycled some blatantly incorrect rumours that have been around on the internet for many months.
Meanwhile, there are good indications that Bond 25 has secured permission to shoot in Jamaica after negotiations took place between representatives of the Jamaican government and EON. There have also been suggestions that some kind of Bond 25 press event might take place on the Island. Given the Ian Fleming connections to the Island, such a move would be very welcome and, of course, would generate some excellent publicity coverage for the new movie.
Keep watching this space for further Bond 25 news as it develops. You know the name, and you know the number.