It was a long road to get to the big screen for No Time To Die and with that long journey comes plenty of ups and downs. It looked like the movie wasn't going to happen with star Daniel Craig and then they gained and lost a director in Danny Boyle. There has been plenty of interesting things that have happened with the production of this movie but one of the things that could prove the most interesting when it comes to the script is that Fleabag star Phoebe Watter-Bridge would be taking a pass at the script. Waller-Bridge has become one of the premiere writers working now with Fleabag and in particular for the way she writes women. The Bond franchise has always needed all of the help it could get when it comes to women. Waller-Bridge recently revealed via The Independent that she always wanted to write a Bond movie and how she ended up having coffee with producer Barbara Broccoli.
"I was in the edit for Fleabag," she said. "It was an afternoon, and I had the call that Barbara wanted to meet me. The strangest thing is, is that I'd really… I had been sort of dreaming about the idea of it only a few months beforehand. I was like, 'Oh, wouldn't it be cool to be involved in a Bond film' to sort of just put that there in the ether. And then it just came around."
People were very excited when they revealed that Waller-Bridge would be involved with the writing process for No Time To Die but she went on to clarify that she was taking a pass at a script that was already done and offering some alternatives. She did say that Craig was heavily involved with the project and that she had some great conversations with him about the script.
"[I was asked to do] dialogue polishes and to offer things really," she said, adding: "It's about just offering different alternatives. … They did give me some scenes and then be like, can you write some alternatives for this or have another idea about where it could go in the middle or how it would end. And then I would just give them options and various scenes and then they would take what they want. But there was a lot people writing – the director [Cary Fukunaga] was a writer on it as well. And there'd been a few writers before. You know, Daniel [Craig] is really, really involved from the beginning. [I had] so many great conversations with him about it, constantly in touch with him about it. So it's a big sort of melting pot of everybody's ideas the whole time."
It's good to see a woman finally working on the script for a Bond movie but whether or not that remains true for movies going forward is a bit more unknown. There are a lot of rumors about how this movie is going to end and they have been teasing that this could a definitive end to the Craig version of James Bond. What does a definitive end for James Bond look like? We'll have to see when No Time To Die comes out later this spring.
No Time To Die, 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.