007 Is Now A Woman Of Colour. And We Can’t Keep Quiet!
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.
And Phoebe Waller-Bridge worked on the script. I’m super-excited now!
Bond's number is up: black female actor 'is the new 007' | James Bond | The Guardian https://t.co/5XCKc4p3Pk
— Gurprriet Siingh (@JoyAndLife) July 15, 2019
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.
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.
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
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.
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