Rumors have swirled for years that the next 007 could be played by a black actor – or possibly a woman. Now, according to reports, both of those rumors have come true.
In a pivotal scene in the upcoming, 25th, Bond film Ralph Fiennes – as MI6 chief M – calls a new agent 007 into his office… and in strolls Lashana Lynch.
Now, a movie insider claims, Lynch’s character will be recruited by the agency’s elite Double-O section, and will be replacing a retired Bond as 007.
Daniel Craig will still be playing Bond himself, but the super-spy is said to be stepping down from active duty and ceding his code number to a new, younger, operative.
The source says: “Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don’t work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning.”
The twist is likely the work of co-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge who has been hired to punch up Bond 25’s script in the wake of her success with Fleabag and Killing Eve.
Waller-Bridge said of her work on the project: “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. I think that’s bollocks. I think he’s absolutely relevant now.”
Addressing Bond’s sexual politics, which are rooted in his 1950s origins, she said “the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.”
If this progressive, feminist addition will be a success or not remains to be seen.
The film is scheduled for release sometime in 2020, and will be Craig’s final outing as Bond. Rumors say that the next Bond could be Richard Madden or Idris Elba, though both have denied their involvement.
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