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There’s A New 007 But Lashana Lynch Won’t Be The Female James Bond We So Badly Wanted

A major technicality.

The next instalment to the James Bond franchise has sparked a fair few rumours. What we do know however, is the next chapter to the historic series will feature a retired Daniel Craig whose retreated to a more relaxing existence in Jamaica. Logically, he’s also passed down his 007 title to a worthy successor…

The new 007 is Lashana Lynch, a 32 year old British actress most notable for her role in the recent Captain Marvel movie as Maria Rambeau, alongside Brie Larson. Lynch, being both female and black, is a spectacularly surprising casting for the new James Bond. But there’s a catch…

Just when we thought the Bond franchise were going to spectacularly shake up their deeply historic, largely unchanged (and arguably stale) plot line and casts – we realised there’s a huge technicality which actually makes Lynch the ‘007’ without her being a female Bond. Hear me out…

The Daily Mail has revealed some extremely juicy details on the plotline of Bond 25 but look, they’re not the most reputable source so let’s take this all with a grain of salt shall we? Unconfirmed sources are saying Bond 25 will kick off with Bond relaxing on a beach in Jamaica (cue weird slo-mo/bordering on nudity scene). A new crisis emerges and someone back in England (presumably M) calls upon her trusty 007…to which Lashana Lynch answers…

In A Nutshell…

Daniel Craig is no longer 007, he’s been replaced by Lynch. But this doesn’t mean Lynch is the female Bond we were all rooting for…

The catch is that Daniel Craig will remain the hero of Bond 25, whilst Lynch is set to play the newly termed ‘Bond woman‘ (previously ‘Bond girl’) whilst having the title of 007. It’s a major technicality which I suspect the Bond franchise have purposely made. By awarding Lynch the title of 007, but not quite awarding her the status and authority of a figure like James Bond, they’re simply not committing to casting a female Bond.

Gross Backlash Has Begun

It’s pretty tragic that a progressive casting like this is met with gross backlash and disgustingly ignorant criticisms. Unfortunately, an inclusive casting like this has triggered a whole tribe of people unconvinced by anything other than a white, male casting for Bond (or 007 – all technicalities aside). Like we saw in the casting of Halle Bailey as Disney’s Ariel, people can’t cop inclusivity and honestly, it’s tiring and infuriating.

Whilst I grapple with the urgency to absolutely quash these disgusting criticisms, I am also simply excited that Lynch will absolutely nail the role – ultimately putting these backward views on the back burner.

Sources: IMDb. 

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