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Daniel Craig says It’s “F**king Ridiculous” to Think that Phoebe Waller-Bridge was a Diversity Hire for ‘Bond 25’

Daniel Craig isn’t taking any sh*t from anyone.

For No Time to Die, the film that marks the 25th time James Bond will grace the silver screen, all the stops were pulled to ensure that the film is the best it can be. After bringing in director Cary Joji Fukunaga, the film ammassed five screenwriters, all of whom took a unique stab at the script. These include Neil Purvis & Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns with Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

One name, out of all, sticks out the most, and that is Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The acclaimed writer, best known for creating Flebag, and starring in Solo: A Star Wars Story, was the final writer brought onto Bond 25, and the news was met with a positive reaction.

That being said, of course there was a small handful who saw Waller-Bridge’s hire as a “diversity play,” meant to break up the men’s club of Bond films, and bring in a female perspective to pander to audiences. You know who really hates that notion though? James Bond himself, Daniel Craig.

Speaking to The Sunday Times (via IndieWire), Craig has no paitence for those who insist that the Fleabag creator was brought on simply because she’s a woman:

“Look, we’re having a conversation about Phoebe’s gender here, which is fucking ridiculous,” Craig said. “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. She’s a fucking great writer. One of the best English writers around. I said, ‘Can we get her on the film?’ That’s where I came from.”

Craig went on to call her “brilliant,” and that her wide variety of projects that she’s worked on was the driving factor in him seeking her out for No Time to Die.

“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.”

Reports have stated that Waller-Bridge was brought on because filmmakers knew that her voice would be able to give the many female characters in the film a fair shake, in comparison to the male stars.

I think what this shows is, just enjoy the fact that the creator of Fleabag is working on Bond, and don’t ask Daniel Craig any questions like this.

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