After Killing off James Bond, Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is first choice to direct the next 007 movie
She helped make James Bond ‘woke’ – and then killed him off. But now it appears Phoebe Waller-Bridge may be responsible for 007’s resurrection, as director of the next Bond movie.
The Mail on Sunday has learned that the Fleabag star – who helped write the script of No Time To Die, the 2021 film which saw Daniel Craig’s Bond sacrifice himself to save his loved ones – has been in ‘early discussions’ with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli.
Ms Broccoli, whose Eon Productions owns the rights to 007, has called Ms Waller-Bridge, 37, her number one choice to direct the 26th film in the franchise.
A source said: ‘Daniel Craig brought Phoebe in to work on No Time To Die, and she added humour and pathos to the film. Everyone adored working with her.
‘It’s very early days, but Barbara has been quite open about saying Phoebe would be her first choice to direct and co-write the next film.
The Mail on Sunday has learned that Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge (pictured last month) has been in ‘early discussions’ with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli
A source said: ‘Daniel Craig brought Phoebe in to work on No Time To Die, and she added humour and pathos to the film. Everyone adored working with her.’
‘Barbara believes Phoebe is a huge talent and brings a fresh, modern take to Bond. They’ve already had very early discussions, but there are lots of variables in the equation, including Phoebe’s increasingly packed schedule.’
Ms Waller-Bridge is about to hit the big screens as Harrison Ford’s feisty goddaughter Helena in the fifth and final Indiana Jones film, Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny, which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month and is already tipped to be the summer’s biggest blockbuster.
She is also writing a script for a new Tomb Raider TV series for streaming service Amazon, as well starring in the fantasy comedy If, featuring Ryan Reynolds and Steve Carrell, which will come out in 2024.
The source said: ‘Phoebe’s a workaholic and her schedule is packed. But the next Bond won’t go into production until next year and won’t be released until 2025, so everyone is hoping she can work it into her schedule.’
Meanwhile, rumours have been rife over who will replace Craig as Bond. Fan favourite Idris Elba recently ruled himself out as ‘too old’. But other names in the frame include Tom Hardy, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Regé-Jean Page.
Ms Broccoli insists that Craig’s replacement has not yet been chosen, but has said she has a clear vision for the next 007: ‘He can be of any colour, but he is male. You think of him as being from Britain or the Commonwealth, but Britain is a very diverse place. We’re reinventing who he is, and that takes time.’
Ms Broccoli insists that Craig’s replacement has not yet been chosen, but has said she has a clear vision for the next 007. Pictured: Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas in No Time to Die