There have been rumours about a potential black James Bond or even the transformation of the character from male to female in recent years. Now, despite Daniel Craig returning to the role for James Bond 25, we are going to get a 007 who is both black and female.
Much speculation has come about surrounding who will be taking on the role as the new 007, with the internet wanting a black Bond or female Bond to come forwards.
Now, despite Daniel Craig confirmed to be returning to the role, it would seem that the people are getting their wishes met – with black actress Lashana Lynch set to play the new 007 in the 25th Bond film. Sort of.
Indeed, Lynch is set to play “007” following Bond’s retirement with Craig still filling the shoes of the man that loves his Martini’s shaken not stirred.
An insider has expressed to the Daily Mail: “There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M (played by Ralph Fiennes) 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.”
Meaning while Lynch will be taking on the 007 title, James Bond will still be Bond. It is thought Bond will be retiring at the start of the upcoming film, making way for the coveted agent number 007 Lynch’s for the taking.
Creator of Killing Eve and Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, has previously stated that her intention was to ensure the Bond girls in upcoming films are made to feel as much like real people as possible. Her feminist approach to her TV shows could determine that Lynch has a lot to work with, even if Craig is still the star as Bond.
With Lynch as the first ever female 007 it is expected that Bond 25 will be a much more inclusive instalment in the franchise than any of its predecessors. The hiring of feminist TV writer and actor Waller-Bridge heightens this, offering a strong inclination to fans that this will be the first step in an approach for the upcoming Bond films to offer an empathetic portrayal of its female characters.
Set to hit theatres on April 8 2020 and directed by Cary Fukunaga, Bond 25 is set to be a very interesting chapter in the franchise.