A Bond 25 writer teases the introduction of new iconic characters. The latest installment of the 007 franchise has been a long time coming, yet even now as things move ever closer to completion, fans are still being teased by the possibilities of the new film.
As has been acknowledged many times before, the battle to get Bond 25 off the ground has been an extensive one, with much initial uncertainty as to who would even be playing Bond, and who would be directing the highly anticipated follow up to 2015’s Spectre. After fighting its way through a great deal of gossip, rumors and tumultuous encounters, Bond 25 emerged on a clear path to production, with True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga on board to direct and Daniel Craig back once more to portray the iconic British super spy. However, just when fans thought that things were moving along smoothly, word spread that the story was still in need of tweaking, causing Craig to reportedly push for Fleabag actor/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge to take a crack at breathing new life into the script.
In a new interview with Waller-Bridge, THR touches on numerous aspects of the rising star’s career, as well as her work on the Bond 25 script. And while much has been made about the fact that for the first time, a Bond film is going to have traces of a woman’s touch in its DNA, Waller-Bridge is more focused on the character and allure of Bond, as well as setting up new characters who can potentially help move the series forward and become valuable parts of the Bond legacy. When asked about recent rumors that Lashana Lynch will be the new 007, Waller-Bridge said: “The whole thing has potential to birth new iconic characters all the time.”
The statement is a bold one, indeed, neither denying the new status of the iconic 007 codename, nor confirming it. But the fact that Waller-Bridge is able to state that there’s potential in Bond 25 for not just singular but plural new characters who could go on to “iconic” status is very intriguing, to say the least. Bond films have always been known for a variety of recognizable traits and when it comes to characters, there have been many who’ve forever solidified their place in the 007 lore. It’s very rare for a Bond film to already be confident of the inherent possibilities of its characters so far in advance. For some Bond fans this will be a highly encouraging prospect, while for others, it could once again lead to anxious feelings with regard to Bond 25’s potential.
All that being said, anyone who’s familiar with Waller-Bridge and her work will know that she’s a very talented writer, who rarely (if ever) pulls any punches with regards to the content of her work. If she’s confident that Bond 25 has the potential to give rise to new characters, then that’s a possibility worth being excited over. Beyond that, it’s worth considering that Fukunaga has also contributed to the script, and with both creative forces working to build a better Bond, anything is possible.
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