James Bond is one of the most iconic film characters of all time and Daniel Craig’s version of the British super spy is nearing the end of his run. According to a number of reports, British actress Lashana Lynch will become the new Agent 007 in the upcoming Bond film.
Lynch, who is of Jamaican descent, made a star turn as fighter pilot Maria Rambeau in this year’s Captain Marvel alongside Brie Larson.
Daily Mail writes:
In what’s been called a ‘popcorn-dropping moment’, British star Lashana Lynch, will be given Bond’s licence to kill in the 25th movie in the franchise, currently being shot in Italy and the UK.
However, traditionalists can relax: she’s not the new Bond, but a new character who takes over his secret agent number after he leaves MI6.
The story begins with Bond retired in Jamaica. But spymaster M – played by Ralph Fiennes – calls him back in desperation to tackle a new global crisis.
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.
Speculation has been swirling forever that Idris Elba would take on the role of Bond in Craig’s wake, but he’s experienced some pushback from fans of the fictional character, no doubt due to his race as many suggested.
However, fans on Twitter are over the moon that the 31-year-old Lynch will bring glamour and grit to the 007 legacy. Check out the reactions from the social media network below.
Wow. Lashana Lynch is the next 007. She’s not playing Bond, but will take over the code name. Brava, Phoebe Waller-Bridge for ushering in a new era where WoC can lead a spy series, like Sandra Oh in #KillingEve. H/t @iamlaurenp https://t.co/qcSpMHF2zR— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) July 14, 2019
Prediction: Whiny dudes will be shaken AND stirred.https://t.co/Tr5enuP53q— John Scalzi (@scalzi) July 14, 2019
Congrats Lashana Lynch! The next 007. Eat it haters pic.twitter.com/BTNAFwEdo3— Ava 💜💛🐝 (@AvaWarriors) July 14, 2019
This weekend the Daily Mail had two viral stories aimed strategically at progressive movie fans (Lashana Lynch as 007, and ScarJo's diversity comments), and I just wanna remind everyone not to give them the clicks.— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) July 15, 2019
Us: “we want Idris Elba as James Bond”— barb the builder (@JambaJuJu) July 14, 2019
Us: “WE WANT ID-“
Producers: “you get Lashana Lynch”
My dad has always been obsessed with the Bond series. He has individual VHS tapes, DVDs, and box sets. You better believe if he catches a Bond movie on TV, he's watching it. Here's his reaction to @LashanaLynch being the newest 007. #Bond pic.twitter.com/7XIJRBKcpx— Valerie Anne (@PunkyStarshine) July 14, 2019
Tired: casting more white men in 007 roles— aisling (@aislina) July 14, 2019
Wired: casting Idris Elba or another male actor of colour in 007 roles
Inspired: casting Lashana Lynch, a black female actor, as a 007#Bond25