‘Bond 25‘ – the latest unnamed instalment in the 007 franchise – is well into production and while fans of the long running film series continue to speculate over the next actor to face James Bond, a new report suggests an unlikely character to the plot. Following her appearance in Captain Marvel, Lashana Lynch has joined forthcoming film and is set to take on the 007 code, just not in the way we had imagined.
According to Mail On Sunday, a film insider has confirmed that the Marvel star will be introduced as a young M16 agent holding the iconic code. The new 007 will supposedly be tasked with heading to Jamaica to convince Craig’s Bond to emerge from retirement and assist in a new line of threats. It has been described as a “popcorn-dropping moment”, though rest assured Craig will still hold his character of Bond for at least the time being.
At 31-years-of-age, this role is a major stepping stone into the world of Hollywood for Lynch and one that will be pivotal to the ongoing inclusivity of the Bond story, of which has run for 57 years. According to previous reports, Daniel Craig has been an influential voice for promoting diversity within the franchise and recently brought in writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge – behind the likes of Fleabag and Killing Eve – to ensure a more modern outlook for the new film.
Additionally and earlier this year Craig told The Mirror, “I think that everybody should be considered. Also for women and for African-Americans, there should be great parts anyway, across the board.” Soon after, he confirmed his views on a UK morning TV show further commenting, “I cannot see any reason why ultimately, a woman, a lady, a girl, cannot play the James Bond character.”
Idris Elba was rumoured to play the next Bond though later denied rumours, also stating to Esquire that he felt “disheartened” by the fact that, “You get people from a generational point of view going, ‘It can’t be.’ And it really turns out to be the colour of my skin.”
Nevertheless, the rumoured inclusion of Lynch is a step in the right direction. Bond 25 is set to drop into cinemas in April, 2020.
Stay tuned for further developments.