The name’s Bond…Jane Bond, the first ever female and woman of colour 007 Bond.  You’d be fascinated to know that the upcoming Bond 25 film casts Marvel Studios’ first female-fronted film, Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch as the first ever female 007 spy. The film is directed by Cary Fukunaga and Daniel Craig will return as a retired Bond. Meanwhile, Christoph Waltz is reprising his role as Blofeld, along with Rami Malek as the villain, according to reports from The Independent and Metro.

The film is still in production, and has yet to receive an official title. It is likely to be named Shatterhand, after an alias used by Blofeld in the Ian Fleming novel, You Only Live Twice.

British actor Lashana has been cast as 007, taking over Bond’s secret agent number after his character leaves M16. “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,” report by The Mail

West London native, Lynch, 31, made her film debut in 2011’s Fast Girls. But she stole the spotlight earlier this year when she played the character of a fighter pilot Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel.

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The new and upgraded Bond is being praised widely on social media, a news that is dropped weeks after US singer Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel in Disney’s live action remake of the Little Mermaid.

Waller-Bridge is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying, “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.”

This statement came after Bond producer Barbara Broccoli told the Guardian last year that there would “never” be a female Bond.  “[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,” Waller-Bridge added.

Bond 25 is set to hit the theatre on April 8, 2020.

Feature Image Credit: Okayplayer.com

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