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Phoebe Waller-Bridge to liven up new Bond script at Daniel Craig's request

Press Trust of India  |  London 

"Fleabag" will be "polishing" the script of the next James film, currently known as 25.

Daniel Craig, Agent 007 himself, has requested the multi-hyphenated personality to add her signature wit and humour to the screenplay, reported.

Craig, who lives in with actor, wife Rachel Weisz, is a "Fleabag" fan and also of "Killing Eve", which developed.

has been in for the past few weeks, performing in "Fleabag" stage version.

Sources close to the film in the US said that she discussed with Craig how to improve the script of 25, which he felt needed some "polishing", by bringing in more humour and the quirky style of writing.

Waller-Bridge would only be the second female after to help with a Bond film screenplay.

Harwood, who helped with the screenplay of "Dr No" (1962) and "From With Love" (1963), had been to Harry Saltzman, the along with Albert Broccoli, Barbara Brocolli's late father. It was Saltzman who brought in Harwood to help with the two films.

Bond 25 has had a tumultuous journey. It was previously set to be directed by with a release date of November 8, 2019.

After Boyle dropped out of the project over "creative differences", along with frequent collaborator, John Hodge, the film's release date was moved to February 14, 2020.

is now attached as director, with hired by to pen a new script. and have already drafted a version of the script but it is being reported that the studio is unhappy with their story. The release of the film was recently pushed back to April 8, 2020.

Proper filming is yet to begin despite some pre-production work on locations in Italy, and Jamaica, plus Pinewood in the UK.

Neither Eon Productions, which produce the Bond films, nor representatives of Waller-Bridge in the US, responded.

Craig's agent in the US said, "I'm not the guy to talk of rumours.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 10:55 IST