There is a lot of drama surrounding the production of Bond 25 which really shouldn’t be that surprising considering how many problems previous productions have had. The producers of Bond 25 have been trying to get ahead of the bad publicity that comes with multiple directors and release date changes. There are plenty of rumors about the story, which we know nothing about at the moment, and the various people involved with the script. There are five credited writers on the scripts and one of them is Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The Hollywood Reporter got the chance to speak to Waller-Bridge and she talked about coming on to help beef up the script.
“There’s something about James Bond that always intrigued me in a similar way that Villanelle did,” says Waller-Bridge, referencing Comer’s Killing Eve assassin. “They live a fantasy! But it’s a life none of us would ever want, if we’re honest. We don’t want to go put a bullet in someone’s head to sleep with people and have martinis. It’s a kind of fantasy nightmare.”
There were rumors that actress Lashana Lynch was going to take on the mantel of 007 in this new movie. Waller-Bridge didn’t make a comment about it but did say the following.
“The whole thing has potential to birth new iconic characters all the time.”
While she was involved with the script Waller-Bridge wants to point out that Bond 25 isn’t her movie despite the fact that people are making a very big deal about a women being involved with the writing of a James Bond movie.
“A lot has been made of me coming on board because I’m a woman, and that’s wonderful. But also I can’t take credit for the movie that was written. It’s Cary’s movie.”
We should expect MGM to continue to try and counter all of the Bond 25 bad press as the movie continues production and as it comes up on the April 2020 release date.
Summary: Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Bond 25, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, Ana De Armas, David Dencik, and Lashana Lynch. It is scheduled to be released on April 8, 2020.