We’ve all known that after ‘Bond 25‘ we’re getting a new 007. While the news was that Idris Alba would ascend the throne after Daniel Craig, now that’s changed. New rumors suggest a female Bond.
This new female Bond is no stranger, but rather Britain’s very own Lashana Lynch, the actress who plays ‘Maria Rambeau‘ in Captain Marvel. From an iron clad bestie to leading lady, she’s a great choice for the next Bond outing.
A New 007 In The Making?
According to rumors in British media publications, Lashana Lynch will play a character ‘Nomi’ in the new Bond endeavor. While some speculate that this means a lead change, the Guardian reports otherwise. Nomi is not the new Bond or even the next Bond.
While ‘Bond 25‘ has made steps on the diversity front, the world may not be ready for a female Bond yet.
“The 25th film opens with Bond (Craig), retired in Jamaica, being called back to action to fight a new villain.”
According to the Guardian, the movie is based on bringing Bond out of retirement. So Lashana is the new 007, but she’s not the new Bond.
“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. It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007.”
A Diverse Bond Franchise
The new era of Bond films is definitely going diverse with its casting choices. They have a new rival 007 to James Bond. Lashana Lynch’s Nomi’s not only female but black as well.
Meanwhile for the first time, James Bond will face off against a brown terrorist. No, Rami Malek’s Bond villain is not your stereotypical Arabic speaking terrorist.
Director Cary Joji Fukunaga is really revamping the Bond franchise. Cary Fukunaga took over Bond 25 when ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ director Danny Boyle left.
Meanwhile, writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge is refining the screenplay. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the creator and star of hit British TV shows ‘Fleabag’ and ‘Killing Eve’. Waller-Bridge is only the second credited woman screenwriter in nearly 60 years of James Bond films.
The first woman to write for the Bond franchise was film veteran Johanna Harwood. She curated the screenplays for 1962’s Dr. No and 1963’s From Russia With Love.
So now the Bond franchise has a female writer, black female rival 007, an Egyptian-American Bond villain and an Asian-American director.