Reports have come in that the 25th Bond film will feature Lashana Lynch taking on the iconic code name 007. Joining fellow black British actress Naomie Harris, who reprises her role as Miss Moneypenny, Lynch will become the first female 007 agent in the franchise’s 57-year-long history. Here’s what we know about the Captain Marvel star.
7 WONDERS: LASHANA LYNCH
Everything we know about the woman who will take on the super-spy’s 007 number in the new Bond film.
Her family hails from Jamaica, where Bond 25 is set.
The new film, set in Bond’s chosen holiday destination of Jamaica, has had a complicated production, with several people dropping out – including former Bond villain and effortlessly cool supermodel/singer Grace Jones – and even a “controlled explosion” on set. But Lynch seems to have had a 10/10 time in the Carribean country, posting glowing selfies on her Instagram, feat. coconuts.
She won’t be taking over as the new Bond, but she will be the new 007.
Speculation about who will play the new James Bond after the next film in the franchise – which will be Daniel Craig’s last – has been a hot topic for years. Popular suggestions have been Idris Elba, or even a ‘Jane Bond’, shaking up the traditionally white and male casting of the super-spy so far. While Lynch won’t be adopting the title of the ‘new Bond’, she will be taking his secret agent number, 007, which he’s been linked to for the entirety of the franchise.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge may have something to do with the casting.
The Fleabag and Killing Eve writer was brought onto the new Bond film to add a refreshing voice to the script, and we’re hoping she’ll bring some of the relatability and quick-wittedness that we know and love her for. She’s previously said she wants the women in the film to ‘feel like real people’, so we hope Lashana won’t be reduced to a one-dimensional Bond girl that the films were once known for.
She made her debut in Fast Girls alongside Lily James.
Lynch’s feature debut was the quietly-received film about women aspiring to be successful sprinters, 2012’s Fast Girls. She starred alongside another relatively unknown actress at the time, Downton Abbey and Baby Driver beauty Lily James, as well as Black Mirror’s Leonora Critchlow and the Kidulthood series’ writer-director Noel Clark. The women had to undertake a gruelling training regime to prepare for the film, which explains Lynch’s rock-hard abs in the poster.
But her role in Captain Marvel this year really propelled her to stardom.
One of the latest additions to the MCU – Marvel cinematic universe – was Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, A.K.A. Captain Marvel. The film is the feminist hit that saw Marvel’s first ever female superhero, while Lynch played Maria Rambeau, the equally badass fellow pilot and best friend to Danvers. The duo also look like they’re BFFs in real life, too.
She’ll probably have a rivalry with Craig’s Bond.
Considering Bond 25 will be Daniel Craig’s last, it’s pretty certain that the suave protagonist will be coming out of his temporary retirement and fighting to reclaim his 007 code. He might clash with Lynch’s spy on how to handle the brand new villain, played by Mr. Robot star Rami Malek, hot off the back of his Oscar nod for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Egyptian-American Malek has been vocal about refusing to play an Arabic-speaking villain concerned with religious extremism, to avoid the stereotypes of terrorism that we’ve seen on screen before.
She’s vocal about social injustices on her social media.
Lynch uses her social media for a good cause, supporting marginalised voices and speaking out against the problems with inequality that we’re still facing today. Her Instagram shows her sporting a Grenfell t-shirt – the devastating fire which mostly affected minorities and working-class people – and she also took part in the national anti-slavery march in London.