These days, every franchise that historically features a male lead has equality champions pushing for a female to take over the role. It happened with Doctor Who, Ghostbusters and Ocean’s 8.
Now, a female 007 has been cast to take over for Daniel Craig when he relinquishes the title after the as-yet-to-be named Bond 25. According to several outlets, Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) will reportedly become the next 007 agent, although technically she won’t be labeled the next Bond.
Lynch’s character, who’s character is currently named Nomi on IMDB, will work alongside Bond in the film as he comes out of retirement for one last mission.
According to a source for The Daily Mail,“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. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman,” they said.
So will fans embrace this change?
Vox says it’s not enough.
In other words, even if the rumor is true — while the popular UK tabloid is known for playing fast and loose with facts, major outlets have carried the report as all but confirmed — and Lynch is the new 007, she’s not the action hero of the new film. That’s still Craig’s Bond. To be blunt, even if giving a woman of color the venerated title sounds great in theory, in execution, it seems like it may be a bald-faced attempt to address the optics of Bond’s typically homogeneous casting without actually letting Lynch take over the role of 007. The rumor mill has yet to spoil whether Lynch’s character survives to the end of the film, but the gossip emphasizes that rather than being placed in the center of the action, she’s also framed as a love interest for Bond.
Others aren’t happy that Hollywood is recreating such an iconic character.
Y’all really making James Bond retire and give his code name 007 to a fucking vagina.
If you want strong female leads go make them. Don’t take an already iconic male character & say “here we’ll just make them a chick”
Quit being lazy.
Sorry but James Bond 007 should be a man
— DooMLuckyGirl (@theDooMLucky) July 14, 2019
When is someone going to stand up and say this new female James Bond is a load of bollocks??
The clue is in the title, James Bond is a man, stuff this equality shit! It's a flipping film character! What next? Cinders a male, Jaws 4 as a dolphin! Get a grip ffs
— Telvis (@Telv1s) July 15, 2019