Bond 25 will be introducing Lashana Lynch as the first female version of the spy.
Since the release of Spectre over four years ago, we have received very little information as to allude us as to what will happen next in the highly anticipated sequel.
That all changed earlier this week with the announcement of Lashana Lynch playing alongside Daniel Craig in Bond 25 as the first black female 007.
The official synopsis of the follow-up reveals that Daniel Craig will now be retired, living in the lap of luxury in Jamaica. Which will all change with the arrival of Lashana Lynch, who has been instructed to locate Bond and ask for his help with an important mission.
According to the Mail, a media insider said: “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.”
Lashana will be introduced to Bond as the new 007, which was his codename throughout his spy career. Yet it appears that Bond will not resent Lashana for being his replacement and if anything, will try to seduce her.
However, being an independent, career-motivated woman, Lashana will ignore Bond’s attempts at seduction in pursuit of finishing their mission.
So despite Lashana not replacing Bond, she will still be taking the title of 007. A clever narrative move by the Bond producers and screenwriters, which will make many women feel that they are finally being represented as powerful, dominant individuals within the franchise.
This bold move has not been met with praise by everyone. Right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro has criticised the idea of a woman playing the role as 007.
Representing the conservative website The Daily Wire on Tuesday, Shapiro claimed that a female playing the role of 007 would ruin men’s opportunity to have the “wish fulfillment fantasy”.
Of course, this opinion was of the small majority, with social media going wild with praise for what many believe has been a long time coming.
— Harrison Knight (@harrisonxknight) 15 July 2019
I’m just glad to have lived to be alive in an era where young black girls everywhere can dream of being a mermaid—or an international spy.@chloexhalle @LashanaLynch #TheLittleMermaid #Bond25 pic.twitter.com/lXAia27Kqs
— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) 14 July 2019
This has come at a time when there have been other recent moves within the film industry that have been met with positive feedback, such as Disney announcing that the remake of The Little Mermaid will have a black female as Ariel.
In the meantime, we will just have to wait and see if Lynch can make her mark on the iconic Bond series.