Baz Bamigboye reports behind the scenes chaos while Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks of making the Bond girls believable.
The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye has a story in which he says the Bond 25 script is still unfinished.
The screenplay for the untitled film is being endlessly re-written by a committee consisting of director Cary Joji Fukunaga, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and 007 himself, Daniel Craig.
A “film-making source” told Bamigboye:
“They have an outline of plot, but dialogue is all last-minute. It’s not the way to make a movie.”
But the unnamed source then immediately contradicts himself by continuing (my emphasis):
“I would imagine they’ll sort it out in the cutting room. That’s where most movies get made anyway. But you’d think the Bond lot would be more together.”
Source: Daily Mail
While that news may panic Bond fans, the latest writer to work on the Bond 25 script has spoken to The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. According to Phoebe Waller-Bridge:
“It’s such an exciting story and it’s just been a thrill to work on.”
She also talks specifically about the female characters in the forthcoming film:
“It’s mainly about making them feel like real people, which they do in the previous films. I think Daniel’s films have had really fantastic Bond girls and it’s about keeping that up.”
Taken together it seems like the last minute rewrites is more dialogue polishing than anything else. All the major plot points must be in place and so it’s a question of making the characters believable.
Scenes that won’t be shot for months can be continually improved right up until the cameras roll. It doesn’t really matter if dialogue for a scene in Italy needs polishing when it won’t be filmed until August/September. In that sense the script is only likely to be complete when the film is in the can.