Olivia Colman Pleaded With Phoebe Waller-Bridge For Bond 25 Role

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August 19, 2019 | 3:10pm EST

Olivia Colman asked Phoebe Waller-Bridge if she could have a part in Bond 25.
British writer/actress Waller-Bridge was reportedly hired to add more depth to the female characters in the upcoming spy thriller at the request of leading man Daniel Craig, working alongside longtime Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Now, Colman has confessed she has asked her friend and former co-star if she could sneak her a little role in the as-yet-untitled 25th Bond movie.
“Oh, trust me, I’ve tried!” the Academy Award-winning actress told Entertainment Weekly when asked if she’d ever turned to her famous pal for help landing a part in the 007 franchise. “I’ve asked!”
Elsewhere in the interview, Colman revealed she had begged the 34-year-old to let her star in her acclaimed show Fleabag, and had the part of Godmother especially written for her.
“I think I begged Phoebe to be in it, when she was writing the first (season). She’s extraordinary and it’s a pleasure to say anything that she’s written. And also, to film it, is so much fun, because they’re my mates,” she explained. “I will be eternally grateful to Phoebe, because she said, ‘What sort of things do you want to say?’ And I went, ‘Could you write me someone who’s a total ****.’ So, she made up this person for me. Yeah. I always wanted to play the baddie and she’s written a really good one.”
Waller-Bridge in part owes her rise to fame to Colman – as the actress donated funds to help her take her original Fleabag one-woman stage show to Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013.