With production having been halted due to an ankle injury sustained on set by actor Daniel Craig, Bond 25 will soon be rolling the cameras once again. Over the past month or so, which the production has been on hold, there have been even more rumors as well as speculation as to the plotline of the film. However, now there is a new twist that no one, even the most die-hard of Bond fans, saw coming.
Reports indicate that Bond 25 will serve as the vehicle for the movie series to pass the torch on to the next in a long line of actors who have portrayed the iconic secret agent—known as 007. What makes this particular "announcement" of the new 007 is the choice that has been made for the actor to take over the reins.
It would seem that the next 007 will be—female—and is set to be portrayed by the British actress Lashana Lynch. The 31-year-old Lynch had her breakout role in this past spring’s “Captain Marvel,” alongside Brie Larson. She portrayed Maria Rambeau, the best friend and fellow Air Force pilot to the titular superhero herself. According to a report in The Daily Mail, Bond 25 screenwriter, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, was very instrumental in the torch being passed to Lynch.
An unnamed Bond 25 insider laid out the scene where filmgoers will be introduced to Lynch: "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." The individual went on to state that Bond will still be Bond, that his character is not being "refaced" as has been done before. Lynch's role is NOT that of a new Bond—she will be the new 007.
In pure Bond form, it would seem that Bond is somewhat sexually attracted to the new 007, his replacement, and tries wielding his well-known charm to gain her interest. Imagine Bond's surprise when the latest 007 shows no interest, actually rolling her eyes at his advances at one point. Her lack of interest in becoming another notch in Bond's bedpost seems to very obvious—at least in the beginning of the film.
The iconic term "Bond girls" is now no longer acceptable, as has been used in the past films to represent the beautiful co-stars. Starting with the new 007, they are to be referred to as "Bond woman" as a more appropriate form of respect.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Will the transition of 007 to a female role go over well with the moviegoers?