Well, according to The Daily Mail, Waller-Bridge ended up doing a lot more work on the Bond 25 script, and apparently it’s earned her the chance to write Bond 26. The news arrives right after Waller-Bridge picked up multiple Emmys for her work on the second season of Fleabag.
Waller-Bridge was brought in at Bond himself Daniel Craig’s request to “live up” the script and improve the dialogue for the female characters specifically. At the time, Waller-Bridge said she planned to “treat the women properly” in the film while retaining Bond’s chauvinistic attitude. It was refreshing to here someone come to the character’s defense in a society that is becoming so easily triggered by the slightest issue.
However, Waller-Bridge apparently ended up punching up the dialogue for the rest of the cast and refining a number of the action scenes. Someone close to the production told The Daily Mail, “Phoebe’s contribution was great — far greater than we’d anticipated. She’s the saviour of Bond, really. She was across the entire script.”
So with those glowing reviews behind her, it’s not a surprise Eon and MGM would want her to stick around. They are courting Waller-Bridge to write the Bond 26 script. The job is hers if she wants it. Craig is expected to retire from playing 007 after No Time to Die, so Waller-Bridge could be the one to usher in a new incarnation of the spy.
We’ll have to wait until No Time to Die hits theaters next April before we can decide if Waller-Bridge is the right writer for the job, but based on her previous comments regarding Bond and all this positive feedback coming from the production, I would be flabbergasted if she wasn’t.
What do you think of Waller-Bridge’s previous works, like Fleabag? Will you be watching No Time to Die?