Daniel Craig has reportedly enlisted some for the script for his final outing as James Bond. And this assist comes from an unlikely — but very smart — place. Craig wants the actress and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, known for her work in Fleabag, Killing Eve, and Solo: A Star Wars Story to do a “polish” on the script for the next James Bond film.
According to a Variety article published on Tuesday, Craig wants Waller-Bridge to add more humor to the script, which has already gone through at least three different iterations with different writers, thanks in part to “creative differences” with the producers that led original director Danny Boyle to leave the project. True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga took the reigns shortly thereafter.
These personnel shakeups pushed the film’s release from October 2019 to April 2020, but Waller-Bridge’s involvement tells us that the wait will be worth it.
In Fleabag, a one-woman show she wrote and adapted into a television series, Waller-Bridge she found comedy in the depression of an angry, sex-addicted woman. She won BAFTA and Writer’s Guild awards for her work on the show, a testament to her serious writing chops.
In a completely different project, she appeared as L3-37, Lando Calrissian’s droid, in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Far from the auterist, character-driven dark comedy that made her famous, she was still an unambiguously bright spot in a movie that many found lacking.
Waller-Bridge also developed Killing Eve, BBC psychological drama that’s become a hit and was just renewed for a third season.
The lesson here is that Waller-Bridge can bring intelligence to a project, as well as humor. Whether it’s on- or off-screen, television or film, drama or comedy, projects she works on are better because of her involvement. And after a long and winding road, her involvement on Bond 25, which starts production at the end of the month, could make Daniel Craig’s swan song could be one of the best films in the series.