It has been announced that Lashana Lynch will be the next 007 to appear in the James Bond franchise. Lynch will receive the agent code from Daniel Craig, who is set to reprise his role as titular character James Bond. This has come as a shock to fans after descendants of Ian Fleming, who wrote the Bond novels from which the franchise emanates, stated that they would never see a female James Bond – although many were quick to point out that being 007 doesn’t mean you’re James Bond per se.
Lashana Lynch is a British actress who has played roles in a host of high profile televison series. In 2019, she took her breakout role as Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel. In 2020, she will appear in Y, a series based on the comic book series Y: The Last Man, following a post apocalyptic tribe of women after every man save one has left the earth.
Many think that Bond 25 is now following the trend of putting women and equality at the forefront of their film making. Series such as Y and the Marvel franchise prove that this is a necessary step within the industry, with films such as Wonder Woman and Captain Marvelbecoming a part of mainstream pop culture. Also, with the introduction of female-centred television series’ such as Netflix’ Glow and How to Get away with a Murder, consumer thirst for stoic and resilient women is only set to progress with the times. Consequently, this has permeated other sectors of the entertainment industry, and even online gaming has begun to make use of a host of strong female characters. BonusSource Canada hosts a number of gaming sites which feature slots with strong female characters, including Jackpot City’s Tomb Raider slot, featuring Lara Croft, and Zodiac Casino’s fitting Agent Jane Blonde.
Although Lynch will not be playing Bond, it is thought that her 007 agent code puts her in a prime position to play a central role in the movie. Since moving into production, the latest installment of the Bond franchise has been fraught with problems. Danny Boyle replaced director Sam Mendes after the longtime champion of the franchise and director of hit Skyfall refused to direct Bond 25. Boyle is known for his work on the Olympic Opening Ceremony 2012 as well as blockbuster hits such as Slumdog Millionaire and Yesterday. Within weeks, Boyle left the production citing “creative differences”. At the same time, writer John Hedge also left the production.
As his last outing as James Bond, Daniel Craig has been given creative control over Bond 25 but nearly left the production with Boyle, who quit citing problems with the script. In a last ditch attempt to make things work, Craig brought on Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge to “liven up” the script. It is thought that Craig’s wife is a huge fan of Waller-Bridge’s work, and the British writer was seen to be a good fit to shake things up at the franchise. Waller-Bridge had her first big hit with Fleabag before writing Killing Eve, which stars Sandra Oh. Not only is she a talented writer, but Waller Bridge is also a performer, having trained in London at drama school. She has recently finished performing in a run of Fleabagoff Broadway, and will return to the West End in late 2019 to a run of sell out shows.
Although the next James Bond may not be a woman, we can feel reassured in the fact that things are heading the right way for female roles in the film industry, and black women are beginning to get the recognition they deserve. Lashana Lynch will be the first Double Oh Seven, and that is something to celebrate.