'For A Woman She Is Very Witty': Bond Writer Makes Sexist Crack At Phoebe Waller-Bridge
During a recent podcast recording, Bond writer Robert Wade said he was 'confused' when the Fleabag star was brought in.
The episode of the James Bond Radio podcast appears to have been deleted since the story was picked up, however, The Mirror reported that Wade spoke about his feelings towards Waller-Bridge after she was brought in to spice up the No Time To Die script.
The last year was enormous for Waller-Bridge after her critically acclaimed smash hit Fleabag raked in awards including -- but certainly not limited to -- three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes and two Critics' Choice Awards.
"It's like a relay race," Wade said of the writing for No Time To Die, adding, "Phoebe did the bit where you get the prize at the end.
"For a woman, she is very witty."
When the host of the podcast expressed obvious dismay at the comment, Wade waved concern aside saying it was just "a joke".
Later when asked about the 007 franchise being called out for misogyny, Wade said the concerns had "never worried" him, adding, "There haven't been many women involved and obviously it's a good thing for women to be involved," The Mirror reported.
"When we were in the middle of this whole process, the MeToo thing came about," he continued. "It was interesting for me to reflect on because I’d never worried about the portrayal of women in our movies."
Wade has written seven of the Bond films alongside his co-writer Neal Purvis.
No Time To Die has since been delayed significantly due to fears the coronavirus would affect box offices around the world.
Calling it an "economic decision more than anything else", an MGM spokesperson added that it "didn't seem achievable" for No Time To Die.
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