If you haven’t heard of Lashana Lynch, get familiar. The British actress is about to take on an iconic cinematic number. While Lashana isn’t playing James Bond, she’ll be playing 007 in the newest James Bond movie.
The Mail on Sunday reports that although Daniel Craig portrays James Bond, Lashana steps in as a new secret agent with the same numbers upon his retirement. According to their “movie insider,” “It's a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond, but he's been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.” They explain, “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.”
You may recognize Lashana from her part as Maria Rambeau in “Captain Marvel,” or her roles in the series “Bulletproof” or “Still Star-Crossed.”
The next Bond film, which is still untitled, is currently being filmed in Europe and is said to pay homage to previous installments. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the creator of “Fleabag,” helped pen the script and has discussed how the franchise is going into a new era.
“There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not [the ‘Bond’ franchise] 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. It 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 this character.”
Daniel Craig is set to hang up his martinis after “Bond 25” hits theaters in 2020. With new members like Lashana joining the film’s universe, it will be interesting to see who — if anyone — officially fills Bond’s legendary (sure-to-be designer) shoes.