Lashana Lynch Makes History Becoming The First Black and Female 007 For The Next James Bond Film, Here’s Why It Matters
It’s official: the next 007 is everything we could have asked for and more. According to the Daily Mail, 31-year-old actor, Lashana Lynch will play 007 in the new James Bond film. Lynch also makes history as the first Black and female 007. Following years of speculation over who would replace Daniel Craig as the British spy, everyone can take their bets off Richard Madden, Idris Elba, and Tom Hardy.
However, die-hard Bond fans who are already wondering, “is she the new James Bond?!” You can go ahead and relax (but also, stop being such a traditionalist). Lynch won’t be completely replacing the new Bond but rather portraying a new character who reportedly takes over Daniel Craig’s famous secret agent number when he leaves MI6 in the upcoming Bond movie.
Movie insiders say the new female Bond isn’t supposed to be James Bond.
According to the Daily Mail, a movie insider said, “There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says ‘Come in 007’ and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful, and a woman. It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.”
While the Daily Mail‘s source says Bond is “sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks,” his usual tricks don’t work. It’s also reported that the term “Bond girls” will be removed from use in the movie and replaced with “Bond women.”
The insider goes on to say, “This is a Bond for the modern era who will appeal to a younger generation while sticking true to what we all expect in a Bond film. There are spectacular chase sequences and fights, and Bond is still Bond but he’s having to learn to deal with the world of #MeToo.”
You might also remember Lashana Lynch from her role alongside Brie Larson, in Captain Marvel, where she played Maria Rambeau.
She’s also known for playing the role of Rosaline Capulet in the ABC drama series Still Star-Crossed. Lynch made her film debut in the 2011 drama film Fast Girls.
In May, the Fleabag creator who adapted Killing Eve for television, Phoebe Waller-Bridge spoke to Deadline about her work polishing up the script for Bond 25, the Cary Joji Fukunaga-directed film, which is set to release in 2020.
In her interview with Deadline, she opened up about her contributions to the upcoming film, her feminist approach to her work, as well as the relevancy of the Bond franchise.
Waller-Bridge is only the second woman in the Bond franchise to be credited on a script.
The first was Johanna Hardwood who wrote on 1962’s Dr. No and 1963’s From Russia With Love.
“There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not [the Bond franchise] is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women,” she tells Deadline. “I think that’s bollocks. I think he’s absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to this character.”
The Bond 25 film is expected to hit theaters on April 8, 2020.
Waller-Bridge also said that wanted to make sure the female characters of the Bond film played by actors including Lynch, Léa Seydoux and Ana de Armas, “felt like real people.”
“As an actress, I very rarely had that feeling early in my career. That brings me much pleasure, knowing that I’m giving that to an actress,” she adds.
The 25th film installment will also feature Rami Malek, Billy Magnusse, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, and Rory Kinnear. The film is currently being shot in Italy and the UK.
Everyone on social media was extremely excited and surprised to see that a Black woman would be stepping into the role of 007.
Especially given the fact that the Bond franchise is heavily male-skewed.
Some fans *really* felt they needed to “clear up the air” about whether Lynch was going to be the next Bond or not.
Don’t panic! She is but she *isn’t*!
Regardless, we can’t wait to see what kind of #lewks Lashana Lynch will be serving as 007 in the forthcoming Bond film.
No doubt she’ll be serving up a whole lot of Black excellence with a side of kickass.
We’re ready for a Brie Larson cameo in new Bond film, please.
Forever yes on this cameo.
Everyone on Twitter is here for all the Black and POC actors finally getting their due.
It’s 2019 and it’s about damn time.
Sorry, Idris Elba.
We love you but we’re here for Lashana Lynch and we can’t wait to see her on the big screen as 007.