Meet British black actress, Lashana Lynch who makes history as first black woman to play ‘007’
London, July 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Lashana Lynch is the trending biggest story in show business. The controversy over who becomes next James Bond is over. 007 is reportedly going to be played by a British black woman, Lashana Lynch.
Lashana Lynch, from Hammersmith in London, is set to take on the iconic role according to reports and, if true, would become first woman and the first person of colour to play it.
Daniel Craig will apparently still be playing James Bond himself — with Lynch instead taking the code name of 007 in the 25th Bond film.
The character of Bond, according to the franchise executive producer Barbara Broccoli, will “probably” never be played by a woman.
The film will reportedly begin where Spectre left off, with Craig playing a Bond who has retired to Jamaica. The code name 007 has passed to a new agent, Lynch, who, it’s believed, is sent to bring Bond back from retirement for one last mission.
Lashana is 31 years old and is from Hammersmith in West London. She made her acting debut in an episode of The Bill in 2007, but her movie debut came in the 2011 drama Fast Girls, about two female sprinters aiming for the World Championships – which also starred Lily James, Lenora Crichlow and Noel Clarke.
Her early roles also include Brotherhood, Crims, The 7.39 and Atlantis, while more recently she’s been in the US TV drama Still Star-Crossed, which takes place after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet and sees her playing Juliet’s cousin Rosaline.
You might also have spotted her in Sky One’s Bulletproof, which reunited her with Clarke.
Who did Lashana Lynch play in Captain Marvel?
Lashana played Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel earlier this year (Picture: Disney) The actress appeared in the 2019 Marvel blockbuster as fighter pilot Maria Rambeau, one of the oldest friends of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).
Speaking to metro.co.uk at the UK premiere earlier this year she said: I’ve been a Marvel fan for a long time, so it was nice to swoop in and see how everything’s made firstly, and also get the chance to create something special,’
‘When do you ever get the chance to do that? So as an actress it was a real treat to share the screen with wonderful people that I admire and respect in the industry and represent what I care about.’
Who does Lashana Lynch play in Bond 25?
According to reports Lashana’s character is called Nomi – and she won’t be taking any nonsense from Bond.
‘Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don’t work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed,’ a source told the Daily Mail.
‘Well, certainly not at the beginning. Bond 25 is set for UK release in 2020.
Expectedly, Twitter has a lot to say about the announcement — and a lot of the reactions are from people who are suitably hyped about the idea of a strong, black, James Band
OH MY GOD. A Black woman saving the world as 007 and being the most stylish person on the planet — sounds about right.
Lashana Lynch deserves this so much, she’s so dope! I can’t wait, congrats @LashanaLynch. https://twitter.com/ladbible/status/1150321138612023296 …LADbible✔@ladbibleJames Bond 25 will introduce Lashana Lynch as new 007.http://www.ladbible.com/entertainment/film-and-tv-lashana-lynch-to-take-over-james-bonds-iconic-code-name-20190714?c=1563092736831?source=twitter …1013:31 PM – Jul 14, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy32 people are talking about thisView image on Twitter
My dad has always been obsessed with the Bond series. He has individual VHS tapes, DVDs, and box sets. You better believe if he catches a Bond movie on TV, he’s watching it. Here’s his reaction to @LashanaLynch being the newest 007. #Bond1,7282:35 PM – Jul 14, 2019252 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy
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://metro.co.uk/2019/07/14/lashana-lynch-will-introduced-bond-25-audiences-new-007-10287976/?ito=article.amp.share.top.twitter …17.7K2:42 PM – Jul 14, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy4,973 people are talking about this
The news follows years of speculation about who would be next to take on the title Bond role — including names like Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy, and Richard Madden.
But Lynch’s involvement in the film, which is set to be released on April 8, 2020, has been kept very much under wraps until now.
Marvel fans will already know of her, though, after she played fighter pilot Maria Rambeau, the best friend of Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel.
Tired: casting more white men in 007 roles
Wired: casting Idris Elba or another male actor of colour in 007 roles
Inspired: casting Lashana Lynch, a black female actor, as a 007#Bond25
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/9503184/bond-25-lashana-lynch-take-over-daniel-craig-first-female-007/ …4132:24 PM – Jul 14, 2019 · Islington, LondonTwitter Ads info and privacy114 people are talking about this
I’m of two minds about this. On the one hand, it would be nice for actresses to have their own original action properties.
On the other, this is an exciting form of progression for the franchise. Plus, Lashana Lynch. After Captain Marvel, I’m like “Lashana for all the roles.” https://twitter.com/ladbible/status/1150321138612023296 …LADbible✔@ladbibleJames Bond 25 will introduce Lashana Lynch as new 007.http://www.ladbible.com/entertainment/film-and-tv-lashana-lynch-to-take-over-james-bonds-iconic-code-name-20190714?c=1563092736831?source=twitter …152:47 PM – Jul 14, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Matthew St.Clair’s other Tweets
brie larson and lashana lynch are two powerful and badass women who take over the roles famously held by men. they’re my role models and i’m so proud of them537:46 AM – Jul 15, 2019See vivienne ✵’s other TweetsTwitter Ads info and privacy
Killing Eve writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge is co-writing the film, with the hope that her feminist edge will bring the franchise up to date.
“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,” Waller-Bridge is quotedas saying in the Daily Mail. “I think that’s bollocks. I think he’s absolutely relevant now.”
“[The franchise] has just got to grow,” she continued. “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.”
The announcement comes just a couple of weeks after US singer Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel in Disney’s live action remake of The Little Mermaid. The decision to cast a black teenager in the role of a Disney princess was also widely praised as a very significant moment.
Reports from Metro UK and Global Citizen