No Time to Die: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Was No Diversity Hire

Daniel Craig as James Bond

The Jame Bond franchise has sparked debates for at least a decade now, with many such debates stemming from the fact that the classic film spy has remained largely unchanged over the last several decades, and therefore shaped by a singular voice in such a way as to -- in some points of view -- conflict with modern day values concerning race and gender.

For this reason, when writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge was brought on board No Time to Die to polish the script earlier this year, there were some who believed it was more about diversity than creative talent. In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, actor Daniel Craig, who personally requested her involvement, furiously dismissed the notion after being asked about how she would influence the film and franchise.

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"Look, we're having a conversation about Phoebe's gender here, which is f***ing ridiculous," Craig said, adding, "She's a great writer. Why shouldn't we get Phoebe onto Bond? That's the answer to that. I know where you're going, but I don't actually want to have that conversation." The actor then reiterated his point and clarified his reasoning for asking the Waller-Bridge's writing talents, "She's a f***ing great writer. One of the best English writers around. I said, 'Can we get her on the film?' That's where I came from."

Actor and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has won numerous awards including three Primetime Emmys and a BAFTA for her work on Fleabag and Killing Eve. She has stated in the past that she does not seek to change Bond as a character and does not agree that the films have lost relevance due to the his general attitude toward women, stating, "The important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to this character."

Directed and co-written by Cary Fukunaga, No Time to Die stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek. It is scheduled for release on April 8, 2020.

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