The James Bond movie franchise is now taking on a new direction with casting Lashana Lynch as the next British Secret Service agent 007. Lynch is a British actress of Jamaican descent. She’s most well-known as Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel and Rosaline Capulet in Still Star-Crossed.
Don’t worry, fans! She won’t be the new Bond. Instead, she’s just playing a new character who takes over his code number after he leaves the MI6.
The new Bond film will see the spy retiring in Jamaica before spymaster M (Ralph Fiennes) calls him back as a new global crisis occurs. According to a movie insider, in a defining moment at the start of the movie, M will say “Come in, 007” and Lynch will come walking in.
The story goes that Bond is attracted to Lynch’s character and tries his usual methods to seduce her. But she just “rolls her eyes at him” and “has no interest in jumping into his bed”, at least not at first.
Women who get into relationships with Bond are typically called “Bond girls”. But with the franchise’s efforts towards a more progressive direction, they will now be known as “Bond women”.
Changing too much of a film franchise as popular as the Bond movies can prove detrimental to the story’s appeal of fans everywhere. Especially when it comes to what makes Bond… Bond. But the world has changed over the years and with it, the films have to too.
“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,” the source 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.”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge also told Deadline, “It has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to this character.”
Waller-Bridge was recruited to polish the film’s script and is the second woman in the Bond movies history to be credited on a script. The other woman is Johanna Hardwood for Dr. No and From Russia With Love.
Fans can also expect the film to pay homage to some earlier Bond movies with “a lot of humour”. This can be seen when Lynch wears a safari suit that Roger Moore famously did when he played Bond.
The new Bond film is currently in production in Italy and the UK and due to release in 2020.