Fleabag’s Waller-Bridge said to join ever-expanding ‘Bond 25’ script-writing-crew

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15 April 2019 |Alex Ritman| The Hollywood Reporter

James Bond could be getting a touch of Fleabag.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge — creator of the hit comedy series, whose second season recently concluded in the U.K. (it launches in the U.S. next month) — has reportedly been brought in to liven up the script of the upcoming 007 installment, being directed by Cary Fukunaga.

According to The Observer, the comedian, writer and actress was specifically requested by Bond himself, Daniel Craig, who met with Waller-Bridge in New York where she has been performing a stage version of Fleabag.

Craig, whose wife Rachel Weisz is said to be a big Fleabag fan, met with the Killing Eve creator to reportedly discuss how to improve the script, which he thought was in need of some “polishing,” by adding some of Waller-Bridge’s unique style and humor.

The script for Bond 25, which is how the film is still known (the latest rumor is that it will be titled Eclipse), has not been without its problems.

After Fukanaga replaced Danny Boyle last year, regular 007 scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were hired to rework Trainspotting writer John Hodge’s screenplay, withThe Bourne Ultimatum’s Scott Z. Burns added to the writing team in February.

The various changes have meant that the release of the film — which has already begun some preproduction work in Italy, Norway and Jamaica, and at its regular base at Pinewood in the U.K. — has been pushed back several times and is now due in April 2020.

THR has reached out to Waller-Bridge’s reps.

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