Time’s up James Bond. There’s a new 007 and she’s a woman

The James Bond franchise is definitely getting shaken up (and not stirred) with its exciting casting news about who will be the next 007. Daniel Craig, who has played Bond in the last four installments of the series, will be passing the very suave and iconic torch on to black British actress Lashana Lynch. 

Now to be clear, Lynch, best known for her work in Captain Marvel, will not be playing James Bond (or Jamie Bond or Jane Bond) but a new 007 agent at MI6. In the upcoming Bond 25, Craig, who has been very vocal about his retirement from the franchise, Lynch will be introduced. “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. It’s a popcorn-dropping moment,” a source said. “Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007.”

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Not too many other details have been released about Bond 25, which will be the 25th Bond film, except that writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (TV hits Fleabag, Killing Eve) was brought in to punch up the script with a more of a feminist angle. “I think [James Bond] is absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly,” said Waller-Bridge in an interview with Deadline.

It is to be made very clear that Lynch is not a “Bond Girl” (and now they are known as “Bond Women.”) “This is 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,” an insider said. “There are spectacular chase sequences and fights, and Bond is still Bond but he’s having to learn to deal with the world of #MeToo.” Bond 25 will be directed by True Detective director and producer Cary Joji Fukanaga.

If this casting decision is confirmed (though it has been widely reported), Lynch will make history as not only the first woman to play the infamous 007 agent but also the first black person to do so. In the 26 films in the franchise,  based on the books by Ian Fleming, actors Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Craig, have played the world’s most famous spy.