Bond 25 is going to have a black, female 007.
According to reports, British actor Lashana Lynch, who recently appeared as a fighter pilot in Captain Marvel, will be introduced as the new 007 in the next installment.
A film insider told Mail on Sunday that in the upcoming feature film she will be tracking Daniel Craig’s character and bringing him out of retirement for a new mission.
The insider said: “There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M [played by Ralph Fiennes] 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.
Bond 25, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, has been co-written by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
007 as a black woman has been met with both praise and criticism.
Some people think the decision to cast a female 007 is innovative.
Others, men in particular, think it's the death of the Bond franchise.
Good ol' "reverse racism" made an appearance.
Twitter users have been sharing some of the hefty mental acrobatics they've seen people do to avoid the fact that many of their views are rooted in problematic ideas/
However, lots of others are quite happy to inform the misinformed.
And pointed out James Bond is still a dude... it's just that she's taking on the 007 title.
And for the purists arguing, "BuT 007 aS JaMeS bOnD iS CanOn" - it's not.
In the midst of outrage, there are those sitting back and enjoying the drama.
One small note...
Cross-gender acting isn’t new. Male actors played female roles since time immemorial – in theatre productions, in the opera. Shakespearean plays were often almost entirely men, and it was standard practise at the time for men to play female roles.
In 17th century Japan, women were banned from Kabuki theatre and men literally took on their roles, cross-dressing as women. They were called onnagata, which roughly translates to "female role".