Captain Marvel's Lashana Lynch Is Reportedly the New 007
In the upcoming Bond 25, James Bond is dissociated from his iconic numeral: 007. While Daniel Craig will still play Bond, up-and-coming British actress Lashana Lynch will reportedly assume the codename.
The Daily Mail reports that, at the start of Bond 25, Bond is enjoying retirement. But it's only a matter of time before he's called back into the fray, and once he's there, he meets the woman who's replaced him.
"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."
Lynch has been acting regularly for years, but her breakout role was in this spring's Captain Marvel, as fighter pilot Maria Rambeau. Add that to landing the part of 007, and her career seems to be at an inflection point.
The Mail attributes this change to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the beloved actress and writer behind cult hits like Fleabag and Killing Eve. She's known for creating outspoken, funny women, and was brought on to Bond 25 to give the franchise a feminist twist.
Rather than alter James Bond's own DNA, Waller-Bridge intends to change the film around him. "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not Bond is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women," Waller-Bridge previously said, per the Mail. "I think that's bullshit. I think he's absolutely relevant now. [The franchise] 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 his character."
Reassigning his codename to Lynch seems like a great place to start.
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