There’s a new 007 in town and it’s not James Bond.
According to The Guardian, the upcoming “Bond 25” film will revolutionize the classic spy franchise in a big way by having black British actress Lashana Lynch take the coveted secret agent number after Daniel Craig’s James Bond leaves MI6. “The Mail has quoted from an anonymous ‘movie insider,’ who says that the 25th film opens with Bond (Craig), retired in Jamaica, being called back to action to fight a new villain,” reports The Guardian.
The source said that a “pivotal scene” at the start of the film has the character M (Ralph Fiennes) calling agent 007 into his office, revealing that 007 is actually the character portrayed by actress Lashana Lynch.
“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,” the source said. “It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007.”
People on social media have largely praised the decision to cast Lashana Lynch as the new 007, hailing it as a bold step forward in representation.
“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,” said sociologist Nancy Yuen.
The movie insider source also confirmed that James Bond will be “sexually attracted to the new female 007” and will be left “baffled” when his seduction tricks do not work on her. The term “Bond girls” has also been removed from use and has now been replaced with “Bond women.”
“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,” the insider said. “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.”
“Bond 25” has been written by Phoebe Walter-Bridge, who recently told Deadline back in May that James Bond will evolve to live within the #MeToo era. “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 said. “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 confirmation of Lashana Lynch as the next 007 comes just weeks after Disney announced that black actress Halle Bailey will be playing Ariel in the upcoming “The Little Mermaid” live-action remake. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a recent poll shows that the public has largely responded enthusiastically to the casting choice:
Hashtags didn’t match reality in this case as, most Americans backed the casting of Bailey as Ariel in the Little Mermaid remake, a new Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll finds (The poll of 2,200 adults was conducted from July 8-10).
In contrast, only 17 percent replied that they “oppose” Bailey taking on the leading role. Though 34 percent of respondents “strongly support” the casting decision, roughly 21 percent said that they “somewhat support” it. As for the contrary, 8 percent of respondents “somewhat oppose” and 9 percent “strongly oppose” Bailey taking on the role of Ariel.
Meanwhile, 23 percent stated that they had “no opinion” or were unsure of what they thought of the actress being chosen. The stats show a 31 point gap by a political party — with 75 percent of self-described Democrats supporting the casting as opposed to 44 percent of Republicans.