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'Bond 25': Phoebe Waller-Bridge drafted in to jazz up new 007 script

The 'Fleabag' and 'Killing Eve' writer was reportedly hired at the request of Daniel Craig

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been brought in to add her offbeat sense of humour to 'Bond 25'. AFP
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been brought in to add her offbeat sense of humour to 'Bond 25'. AFP

The new James Bond film could contain a few more laughs than usual, if punchy writer and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge has anything to do with it.

The Fleabag creator and Killing Eve scriptwriter has been brought in to help breathe new life into the 25th film about the British Secret Service agent, according to numerous reports.

Waller-Bridge, 33, was summoned at the request of current 007 Daniel Craig, The Guardian reports, and has been tasked with injecting her signature wit into the upcoming production, known by its working title, Bond 25.

Daniel Craig starred as James Bond in Spectre, and is expected to make his fifth and final appearance as 007 in the next as-yet untitled film. Jonathan Olley/MGM /Columbia/EON Productions
Daniel Craig as James Bond in 'Spectre'. Courtesy MGM / Columbia / EON Productions

Craig, who has portrayed the legendary spy since 2006's Casino Royale, is a huge fan of the British writer, the publication adds, having enjoyed her quirky, BBC Three black comedy Fleabag, which drew to a close at the end of its second season just last week.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the British screenwriters behind Bond films such as Spectre and Skyfall, reworked the script last year, while Bourne Ultimatum writer Scott Z Burns also added his touch to Bond 25 earlier this year.

The latest Bond film, long rumoured to be Craig's last, has been struck by delays, after director Danny Boyle quit last year due to “creative differences". The movie is now helmed by True Detective's Cary Joji Fukunaga. with its release date pushed back to April 2020. Bond 25 will also see Ben Whishaw reprise his role as Q, alongside Naomie Harris's Eve Moneypenny and Ralph Fiennes's M. Lea Seydoux will also return as psychiatrist Madelaine Swann, according to reports.

While details of the film are still under wraps, a working title of Shatterhand was recently disputed by producer Barbara Broccoli, while rumours have circulated that Oscar-winning actor Rami Malik is in talks to play the film’s villain.

Updated: April 15, 2019 10:18 AM

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