Please, do not ask No Time to Die star Daniel Craig if the hiring of Emmy-award winning writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge was because she is a woman. He does not like it and he will let you know. In a recent interview, a reporter had the audacity to put this very question to Craig, who did not hold back in his response.

"Look, we're having a conversation about Phoebe's gender here, which is fucking ridiculous. She's a great writer. Why shouldn't we get Phoebe onto Bond?"

With said reporter no doubt now feeling more than a little red-faced, Daniel Craig continued to dismantle their question, and stated categorically that he was stead-fastly unwilling to merely write Waller-Bridge off as a diversity hire.

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"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."

Putting some more of that wonderful foul mouthed language to good use, Craig let the reporter know that, in no uncertain terms, he knew what they were aiming to do with this line of questioning. The James Bond star even states that it was he himself who requested that the writer be brought onto the project.

"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."

Craig cites his love for Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her previous small screen work, Fleabag and Killing Eve, for catching his eye, and that it was the distinctive voices in both of these critically acclaimed shows that he wanted for No Time to Die. She was so beloved on set, Phoebe Waller-Bridge will return for James Bond 26.

No Time to Die finds Bond having left active service and now enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. As is often the case for the put-upon spy, his peace is short-lived thanks to the arrival of his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA who turns up asking for help. Asked to undertake a mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist, the deceptively simple task turns out to be far more treacherous than first expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

With the recent news that No Time to Die is the most expensive Bond movie to ever have been made, as well as being Craig's last outing as the iconic MI6 agent, there are lots of reasons to be excited when the film is released on April 8, 2020. Just do not ask Craig any stupid questions about it. This latest Bond info comes from The Times.

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