The New Bond Script is Now in the Hands of Phoebe Waller-Bridge

This is the second time a woman has been enlisted to develop the script for the male-focused series that has been appearing on the big screen for half a century.

The astonishing tour-de-force shows no signs of stopping.

If the new James Bond film is any better than usual, you'll have Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge to thank, as she has been tasked with adding a dose of much-needed humour to the next film in the franchise.

According to the Observer, the 33-year-old has been specifically requested by Daniel Craig, who plays 007, to bring her wit and quirkiness to the screenplay.

Sources close to the film said she discussed with Craig how to improve the script of Bond 25, which the 007 actor felt needed some “polishing”, by introducing more of the humour and offbeat style of writing of which she is so famed.

Since the film was announced some four years ago, Bond 25 has experienced something of a merry-go-round of writers – from Danny Boyle and John Hodge to Neil Purvis and Robert Wade.

It seems that Waller-Bridge – who has been in New York for the past few weeks, latterly performing in a stage version of Fleabag, which ends on Sunday – may be the one to swoop in and save the day. 

Her addition will be the second time a woman (Irish-born Johanna Harwood was called in to write Dr. No and From Russia With Love) has been enlisted to help develop the script for the male-focused series.

The next film will see Ben Whishaw reprise his role as Q, Ralph Fiennes will once again appear as M and Naomie Harris will be Miss Moneypenny once more. The role of Blofeld has yet to be confirmed.

Bond 25 is due to hit cinemas across the UK in April 2020.

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