The latest Bond film will treat women properly, says Fleabag creator

Why the latest Bond film will treat women properly… even if 007 doesn’t himself, according to scriptwriter

  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge has pledged that the movie will ‘treat women properly’ 
  • She is helping director Cary Joji Fukunaga flesh out the female characters  
  • ‘Bond girls’ are now called ‘Bond women’, says producer Barbara Broccoli

In an age of political correctness, he is hardly a flag-waver for feminism.

But James Bond can continue treating women badly, says the writer drafted in to help write the new 007 film, the 25th in the franchise. 

Killing Eve and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has pledged that the movie will ‘treat women properly’ even though the secret agent does not always do so himself.

Miss Waller-Bridge, 33, said that while the spy-thriller genre needs to evolve to fit in with the changing social landscape, 007 must remain true to his character.

She is helping director Cary Joji Fukunaga with the script and one of her tasks is to flesh out the female characters – which are no longer referred to as Bond Girls.

Killing Eve and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has pledged that the next Bond movie will ‘treat women properly’ even though the secret agent does not always do so himself

Producer Barbara Broccoli says that while some actresses still like to be called Bond Girls, ‘we refer to them as Bond women’.

She added: ‘I think, as we get older, they like the Bond Girl moniker. I think when they’re young, they don’t like it so much.’

Miss Waller-Bridge, known for scripts featuring complex women, said that although Bond films have been criticised for misogynistic attitudes in the past, 007’s character does not need to change his ways.

‘There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not [the Bond franchise] is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women,’ the award-winning writer told online magazine Deadline. 

‘I think he’s absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.

‘It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to this character.’

She is helping director Cary Joji Fukunaga with the script and one of her tasks is to flesh out the female characters – which are no longer referred to as Bond Girls (Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch, with Daniel Craig)

Producer Barbara Broccoli said: ‘I think, as we get older, they like the Bond Girl moniker. I think when they’re young, they don’t like it so much’

She said she is looking forward to writing dialogue for Daniel Craig. ‘When I saw his Bond for the first time, there was a wryness to his performance that I really loved,’ Miss Waller-Bridge said.

Her main focus will be on writing the roles for new Bond actresses Lashana Lynch, 31, and Ana de Armas, 31, as well as for Lea Seydoux, 33, who will be reprising her role as Dr Madeleine Swann.

‘I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Lea and Ana open them and go, ‘I can’t wait to do that’,’ she said.

‘As an actress, I very rarely had that feeling early in my career.

‘That brings me much pleasure, knowing that I’m giving that to an actress.’

She has already hinted that she will try to ‘sneak in’ some of her signature feminist humour.

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