James Bond star Daniel Craig dismissed a reporter’s opinion that “Fleabag” creator-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge was used to punch up the text of the new Bond movie “No Time to Die” and perform it more comprehensive.
The actor, who is retiring as James Bond for the fifth and final time, got furious during an account with The Sunday Times when the question posed to him.
“Look, we’re having a discussion about Phoebe’s gender here, which is f****ing funny. She’s a famous writer. Why shouldn’t we get Phoebe on Bond?” he demanded.
It reported that Craig was the one who made Waller-Bridge onboard the film. “No Time to Die” script was written by director Cary Fukunaga and screenwriter Scott Z Burns. They had developed from an early draft signed by former Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Bond films have long criticised for actualising women, something that critics believe has kept the right out of number from modern times.
However, Craig refused to answer the issue, stating he did not want to have that discussion.
“I know where you’re working, but I don’t need to have that conversation. I understand what you’re trying to do, but it’s wrong. It’s wrong. She’s a f***ing great writer. One of the best English writers around. I said, Can we get her in the film?’ That’s wherever I came from.
“She’s just excellent. I had my focus on her ever since the first Fleabag,’ and then I noticed Killing-Eve’ and what she did with that, and just needed her voice. It is so different we are very free to have her on board.
Waller-Bridge, who has developed as something of a global feminist icon with the completion of “Fleabag”, earlier also dismissed the idea that her hiring would change the way Bond portrayed.
“There’s been a lot of discussion about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is essential now because of who he is and the direction he treats women. I believe that’s b*ks. I think he’s suitable now. It has got to grow. It has just gone to evolve, and the important thing is that the movie treats the women correctly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be sure to this character, she had told.
James Bond star Daniel Craig “No Time to Die” is slated for a release in the UK on April 3 and in the US on April 8.