It’s finally happened: 007 is reportedly going to be played by a woman.
Lashana Lynch, from Hammersmith in London, is set to take on the iconic role according to reports and, if true, it would make her both the 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.
Somewhat predictably, 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, female 007.
OH MY GOD. A Black woman saving the world as 007 and being the most stylish person on the planet — sounds about right.— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) July 14, 2019
Lashana Lynch deserves this so much, she’s so dope! I can’t wait, congrats @LashanaLynch. https://t.co/PiDEe0CUi0
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. #Bondpic.twitter.com/7XIJRBKcpx— Valerie Anne (@PunkyStarshine) July 14, 2019
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 @iamlaurenphttps://t.co/qcSpMHF2zR— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) July 14, 2019
Us: “we want Idris Elba as James Bond”— Nigglet (@JambaJuJu) July 14, 2019
Us: “WE WANT ID-“
Producers: “you get Lashana Lynch”
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— aisling (@aislina) July 14, 2019
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
Lashana Lynch is the new 007. That's it. That's the tweet pic.twitter.com/7oM3nXSogn— Aniq ⎊ (@RaniqDesigns) July 14, 2019
I'm of two minds about this. On the one hand, it would be nice for actresses to have their own original action properties.— Matthew St.Clair (@filmguy619) July 14, 2019
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://t.co/rT2ApY8HOc
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 them pic.twitter.com/T1GbbYOezD— vivienne ✵ (@valkyrievers) July 15, 2019
brie larson and lashana lynch are officially the 8th and 9th wonders of the world pic.twitter.com/fF32PPoUPA— amanda ✵ ⎊ | SAW FFH x2 (@avengerlarson) July 7, 2019
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 quoted as 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.
Halle Bailey, a Black teens who wears locs, being cast as a Disney princess is what dreams are made of. Imagine what just seeing her onscreen will do for this generation of Black girls.— Evette Dionne 🏁 (@freeblackgirl) July 3, 2019
dream come true... 🧜🏽♀️🌊 pic.twitter.com/sndjYUS6wO— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) July 3, 2019