No Time To Die writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge not for female James Bond


Phoebe has spoken about a rival being ‘cooked up’ instead
(Picture: Rex/AP)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has implied she would not be in favour of a female Bond as Daniel Craig hands in his licence to kill after five films as 007.

The acclaimed creator of Fleabag was drafted in to work on the No Time To Die script and walked the red carpet at the film’s glittering Royal Albert Hall premiere on Tuesday night, in the company of royals.

The 36-year-old told the PA news agency: ‘I think Bond is James Bond. We just need to cook up someone to rival him.’

When asked if she could be the one to create such a character, she laughed and said: ‘I have to be careful what I say.’

Waller-Bridge, known for her razor-sharp humour and offbeat style, worked closely with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and director Cary Fukunaga.

Explaining her role in No Time To Die, she said: ‘They asked me to come on board to add to the pot they were already working on.

Phoebe at Tuesday’s No Time To Die world premiere
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Phoebe with from left, Finneas O’Connell, Billie Eilish and Rami Malek, and on her right, director Cary Fukunaga, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch and Naomie Harris (Picture: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images)

‘There was already a script, they had some things they wanted to go in a different direction with, they wanted the character work to be even deeper and look into more nuance in the characters.

‘It was really an overall look at the whole script with them, to be able to work with Cary, who was also writing on it while he was in deeper prep with other things.

‘It was to support them as much as come up with new stuff and throw it at them and see if they liked it. That was a wonderful experience because it was a collaboration, but it wasn’t fully my vision.

No Time To Die is Daniel’s last outing as 007 (Picture: MGM/AP)

‘So I could say, “does this work for you? Does this work for you?” And I’m really, really excited to see that some of it did work for them and it’s on the screen.’

The star has recently been rumoured to be replacing Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones franchise, after the hero’s fifth outing, which is currently in production, and in which Phoebe is also set to feature.

A source told the Mail on Sunday that producer Kathleen Kennedy wants to make ‘big, bold changes’ to the franchise.

They added: ‘It would be a huge statement, and a great role for Phoebe.’

No Time To Die will be released in UK cinemas on Thursday September 30.

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