So far there has been no shortage of rumors and speculation about Bond 25 the mysterious upcoming part of the 55-year James Bond series. We can now add another rumor to the pile of another exciting choice for wearing the coat of 007: Captain Marvel Lashana Lynch.
The rumor comes from an anonymous source cited in the Daily Mail. According to the mail source, Lynch takes on the role of 007 in director Cary Fukunaga's film 2020 after James Bond retires from Daniel Craig. Lynch had previously been confirmed as part of the cast, but is said to have played a character named "Nomi". it seems like this nickname is an alias, along with the famous spy title.
Lynch, who will take over the role of 007 in Bond 25 does not mean, however, that she represents a true replacement for the historically white male lead. The Daily Mail reports that Craig continues to be an important part of the story ̵
In other words, even if the rumor is true – while the popular British tabloid is known to play fast and easy with facts. The big outlets have confirmed the report – and Lynch is the new 007, she is not the action heroine of the new movie. That's still Craig's Bond. To be blunt, even if it theoretically sounds good to give the revered title to a woman of color, the execution seems to be a bald-headed attempt to tackle the look of Bond's typically homogeneous casting without leaving the role to Lynch The Rumor Mill has not yet revealed whether Lynch's character survived until the end of the film, but the gossip emphasizes that she is not placed at the center of the action, but is also framed as a love interest for Bond.
The role of Lynch may be sparse, but another woman has joined Bond 25 in a powerful role, this time behind the scenes. The latest author to join the screenplay team is Fleabag the creator and star of Phoebe Waller Bridge. Amazingly, Waller-Bridge is only the second screenwriter in almost 60 years of James Bond films. the first was the longtime film veteran Johanna Harwood, who wrote the screenplays for 1962 by dr. No. and No. from Russia with Love and received co-writing credits for both films (on the objections of their male co-author). Waller-Bridge told Deadline in May that James Bond is "now absolutely relevant" but that the franchise "just has to grow".
Accordingly, according to the Daily Mail Bond source, the new film sees an eternal womanizer dealing with the effects of the #Metoo movement and rejection. And in a typical Daily Mail satire, the anonymous source reportedly said that "Bond Girls" should now be referred to as "Bond Women."
Aside from the condescension of the report, a screenplay by Phoebe Waller-Bridge is no joke. Although Lynch's attitude to 007 may not be the meaty, historical role that the title usually means, many people in the social media were overjoyed with the casting rumor.
A retired old bond in what is now Jamaica, faced with his own obsolescence in the form of Lashana Lynch as (possibly) new 007? That's about as Flemish as it gets. pic.twitter.com/rccRDgQoh3
– Phil Nobile Jr. (@PhilNobileJr) July 7, 2019
Lynch's casting as a Bond is a significant win for multi-level representation. As important as it is that she is a woman, it is also important that she is black. One thing the Idris Elba viral fan casting in the role that is so attractive (and impossible to repress) has repeatedly made is that the introduction of Elba as the face of Bond would make it clear that the role of the metrosexual world traveler is not sophisticated Only the white British who played the role so far. Just as easily it can and should be a black man. The comments by fans who point to the colonial worldview of the series underscore how important it is for the Bond franchise to move, albeit slowly, toward one moving more progressive frame. Once a frequently self-parody narrative in which Bond used a combination of sexual power and high-tech spyware to formally conquer exotic paradises, the series has undermined itself over the last few years, coping with Bond's alcoholism, shaky mental health and problematic attitude towards women deals .
The increasing diversification of cast and crew is yet another way to shake up the longest standing tropes in the series. With a co-author, an Asian-American director, an Egyptian-American villain, and a black woman as the new 007, Bond 25 will not only be the franchise's most comprehensive installment – it's the most interesting.