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Daniel Craig Defends 'Fleabag' Star Phoebe Waller-Bridge As The New James Bond Writer

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By Lynne Versluys

1. It's Phoebe's World

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge is having a moment. She created two wildly successful shows, Fleabag and Killing Eve, and cleaned up at the Emmys this year. She was also hired to work on the new script for the next James Bond film, No Time To Die.

2. Daniel Craig Is Not Having It

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In a new interview with The Sunday Time while promoting his new film Knives Out, Daniel Craig was asked about Waller-Bridge's involvement and the journalist insinuated that she may have been a diversity hire. Bond himself wasn't having any of that and quickly shut that line of questioning down.

"Look, we’re having a conversation about Phoebe’s gender here, which is f*cking ridiculous. She’s a great writer. Why shouldn’t we get Phoebe onto Bond? I know where you’re going, but I don’t actually want to have that conversation. I know what you’re trying to do, but it’s wrong. It’s absolutely wrong."

3. She Is There On Her Own Merit

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Waller-Bridge was brought aboard to make sure the film "treats women properly," but the writer has made it clear that she isn't interested in changing the core of who Bond is. Craig makes it very clear that she is there on her own merit.

"She’s a f*cking great writer! One of the best English writers around. I said, ‘Can we get her on the film?’ That’s where I came from."

4. They're Privileged To Have Her Onboard

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Craig also makes it clear that she is the one doing the Bond team a favor, and not the other way around.

"She’s just brilliant! I had my eye on her ever since the first Fleabag, and then I saw Killing Eve and what she did with that and just wanted her voice. It is so unique — we are very privileged to have her on board."

No Time To Die hits theaters on April 3 in the UK and April 8 in the US.

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