James Bond's daughter 'set for spin-off by Phoebe Waller-Bridge'

James Bond’s daughter ‘set for her own SPIN-OFF as bosses approach Phoebe Waller-Bridge to pen story on her journey to becoming a spy’

James Bond bosses are reportedly planning a spin-off based on the spy’s recently-discovered daughter, penned by Killing Eve’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Sources claimed bosses have approached Phoebe to pen a franchise documenting how the offspring of 007 becomes an agent herself.

It comes following reports that Bond is set to to have daughter in the long-awaited film No Time To Die, which will be released in November after its premiere was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Plans: James Bond bosses are reportedly planning a spin-off based on the spy’s recently-discovered daughter (pictured in 2012’s Skyfall)

A source told The Sunday Mirror: ‘Bond bosses are very excited about 007 having a daughter and creating a new franchise around her.

‘It is likely to feature Bond conflicted over having to train her up as an ­assassin combined with Waller-Bridge’s ­trademark black humour, shown in Killing Eve.

‘She may just offer ideas and co-produce as roles are yet to be decided, but bosses are keen to give her a big part in the film’s production.’

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Universal Pictures and Phoebe Waller-Bridge for comment. 

New series? Sources claimed bosses have approached Killing Eve’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge to pen a franchise documenting how the offspring of 007 becomes an agent herself

Following the reports that James Bond will have a five-year-old daughter in the sequel No Time To Die, former star Britt Eklan admitted she doesn’t believe 007 should be a dad.  

The actress, 77, appeared in The Man With The Golden Gun opposite Roger Moore’s iteration of the iconic spy in 1974, and said she didn’t agree with the decision as ‘everyone wants to be’ him.

Unhappy: Former star Britt Ekland admitted on Tuesday she doesn’t believe 007 should be a dad

Britt explained: ‘Well, I think that Bond should probably be a little more untouchable. He’s a fantasy, Bond. Everyone wants to be Bond.’

When asked if it ruined the fantasy, she added: ‘I think so, I personally think so. Barbara [Broccoli, longtime producer of the Bond franchise] and Michael [G. Wilson, who is also a producer at EON Productions] know better than me.

‘It would be wonderful if they turned back in time to the traditional, older bachelor.’

Bond will reportedly be a doting dad to Mathilde, his daughter with love interest Dr Madeleine Swann, played by French actress Lea Seydoux.

Thoughts: Of why she didn’t like the new plot, Britt said: ‘I think that Bond should probably be a little more untouchable. He’s a fantasy. Everyone wants to be Bond’ (pictured, Daniel Craig)

Candid: When asked if it ruined the fantasy, she added: ‘I think so, I personally think so. Barbara [Broccoli, longtime producer of Bond films] and Michael [G. Wilson] know better than me’

Last week The Mail on Sunday confirmed rumours that the notorious womaniser spy is father to a five-year-old daughter in the forthcoming film No Time To Die. 

The rumours emerged last week when call sheets – the daily schedules that tell actors where they are needed for filming – for the £150 million film, the 25th in the ‘official’ Bond series, went up for sale on online auction site eBay.

The schedule describes a scene shot in southern Italy last September, which featured Dr Swann alongside Lashana Lynch’s Nomi – who this newspaper previously revealed will be the first black female 00 agent – and a child called Mathilde, played by five-year-old Lisa-Dorah Sonne.

Starring role: The actress appeared in The Man With The Golden Gun opposite Roger Moore’s iteration of the iconic spy in 1974 (pictured)

Parents: Bond will be a doting dad to Mathilde, his daughter with love interest Dr Madeleine Swann, played by French actress Lea Seydoux (pictured)

‘Scene #235’, as the schedule calls it, details where ‘Nomi pilots Madeleine and Mathilde to safety with the island in the background’. 

Paparazzi photographs taken during filming show a young girl wearing blue dungarees with the actors and crew on the set, but it is not known if she is Mathilde.

A film insider last night said: ‘Yes, it’s true. Bond is a dad. Daniel wanted to make this Bond film the most surprising and entertaining yet. 

‘Daniel is older and his Bond is maturing and looking at life through the prism of fatherhood. But there’s a lot more to it than that.’

Making a change: A film insider said: ‘Yes, it’s true. Bond is a dad. Daniel wanted to make this Bond film the most surprising and entertaining yet

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge was brought in to rewrite the script after original director Danny Boyle was replaced by Cary Joji Fukunaga.

The film is now packed with ‘woke’ references and the insider said making Bond a dad had ‘opened up a whole avenue of powerful moments – and jokes’, adding: ‘It’s the one thing fans would never expect. 

‘Bond has always managed to charm his way into the hearts and beds of hundreds of beautiful women, seemingly without any consequences. 

‘Making him a father opens up a whole new world in terms of drama and story development.’

New role: Allegra Shettini, who ‘stood in’ for Lisa-Dorah Sonne during a sequence on the new Bond film is pictured

Romance: No Time To Die is set five years after the last Bond film, Spectre, which saw the secret agent fall in love with Dr Swann, a French psychologist (pictured)

In the new film, which was due to open in April but was pushed back to November because of the coronavirus pandemic, Bond is shown enjoying retirement in Jamaica, having hung up his Walther PPK pistol in favour of a quiet life. 

No Time To Die is set five years after the last Bond film, Spectre, which saw the secret agent fall in love with Dr Swann, a French psychologist. Spectre ends with Bond driving off with her into the sunset in his old Aston Martin DB5.

The insider said: ‘Without giving too much away, the new film is filled with twists. 

‘Bond appears to be happy in his new domestic life but then, of course, he gets dragged back in to save the world.’

No Time To Die opens with new Bond villain, Safin, played by Oscar-winner Rami Malek, chasing a girl across an ice-covered lake in Norway.

Plot: No Time To Die opens with new Bond villain, Safin, played by Rami Malek (pictured), chasing a girl across an ice-covered lake in Norway who is believed to be Dr Swann

The scene is a ‘flashback’ of a young Madeleine Swann fleeing for her life. ‘Daniel wants to tie up lots of loose ends in his final film. 

‘Everything is interwoven,’ the insider said. ‘Bond finding out he is a father is integral to the plot.’

Pictures have emerged of an Italian child, Allegra Shettini, who ‘stood in’ for Lisa-Dorah Sonne during a sequence. 

She told a TV interviewer: ‘I just had to sit on a rock and play with a stick.’

The new movie involves Bond saving the world from a biological pandemic. ‘It’s not quite Covid-19, but it’s similar’, said the insider. ‘It’s very timely.’

Mixing things up: Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge was brought in to rewrite the script after original director Danny Boyle was replaced by Cary Joji Fukunaga

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