And some people thought the Idris Elba idea was controversial! ‘Captain Marvel’ co-star Lashana Lynch is your new agent 007.
For the Bond fans who wanted to see the next Bond as female or a person of color, these might be steps in that direction.
Lashana Lynch, who many may know from her role in Captain Marvel, claims the mantle of 007 in ‘Bond 25’ when Daniel Craig’s version of the character retires. The 31-year-old British actress will be introduced in Bond 25 as a person that Craig’s Bond character tries to seduce unsuccessfully. A source close to the film says, “This a Bond for the modern era who will appeal to a younger generation while sticking true to what we all expect in a Bond film.”
Producers recruited Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge to help update the Bond franchise with this film.
But how revolutionary is this, really? The Daily Mail piece that broke the story says:
However, traditionalists can relax: she’s not the new Bond, but a new character who takes over his secret agent number after he leaves MI6.
The story begins with Bond retired in Jamaica. But spymaster M – played by Ralph Fiennes – calls him back in desperation to tackle a new global crisis.
So old white dude Daniel Craig will be the one saving the day once again? The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Reading between the lines here – I can’t find any information actually proclaiming Lynch as the new franchise star regardless of what many headlines suggest. Bond 26, if there is one, could still hypothetically star Idris Elba or anyone else. I’m a bit cynical about the whole thing. Lynch could simply be the latest in a long line of one-off female co-stars. Worst case scenario: this is a splash of good P.R. now with no real change down the road.
What I do know is that Bond movies are formulaic, overly long, and mostly boring. With these wrinkles, I might actually consider seeing ‘Bond 25’. But until we hear that Lynch or someone else is THE star of ‘Bond 26’, questions about the franchise’s next face will likely continue.