In Bond 25, the next installment in the long-running James Bond franchise, Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch will reportedly be assuming 007’s license to kill.
A source speaking to the Daily Mail said the movie would start with Daniel Craig’s James Bond retired in Jamaica when M calls him for help. “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,” the source said. “It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.”
The source added, “Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don’t work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning.”
The source also added the phrase “Bond girls” had now been replaced by “Bond women.”
“Lashana is absolutely brilliant and Phoebe’s script is as sharp and funny as you would expect. This Bond pays tribute to some of the earlier films with a lot of humor.” the source reveals. “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 added. ‘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.”
This news about Lynch’s role comes after years of speculation about what the future of the James Bond franchise would hold, with many clamoring for a woman or a person of color to take on the iconic role.
“Bond is male,” franchise producer Barbara Broccoli said in 2018. “He’s a male character. He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay as a male. And that’s fine. We don’t have to turn male characters into women. Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters.”