Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the award-winning writer, actress, L3-37 to Star Wars fans, and creator of Fleabag says she was brought on board “to help out” with the script for the 25th 007 instalment.
“They were just looking for tweaks across a few of the characters and a few of the storylines,” she adds.
No Time to Die will be the first Bond film to come out in the era of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
But, while questions have been raised in recent years about the misogynistic and domineering way James Bond has traditionally treated women, Waller-Bridge insists she was not told to change the culture of the films.
“They were already doing that themselves,” she says. “They’re having that conversation with themselves the whole time. It (her involvement) was much more practical. Just, ‘You’re a writer, we need some help with these scenes. And you come up with some dialogue for these characters’.”
Waller-Bridge is only the second woman to have a writing credit on a Bond film during the franchise’s 57-year history. The first was Johanna Harwood on Dr No and From Russia with Love in the early 1960s.
Daniel Craig, who’s played Bond since 2006, has said it was his idea to enlist Waller-Bridge.
She says it was actually the film’s American producer Barbara Broccoli who first got in touch.
“We met for coffee and then a few months later we met again. And then I met the director Cary Joji Fukunaga and then I met Daniel after that. But I know Daniel and Barbara had been talking about it for while,” explains Waller-Bridge.
She then spent time discussing the script with Craig in New York before joining the cast and crew at Pinewood where she spent “a lot of time” on set.
She said “it doesn’t get cooler” than writing lines for James Bond.