It has been reported that British actress Lashana Lynch will be taking over the role of 007 in the upcoming continuation of the franchise. It is obvious that the stunning Black actress won’t be playing the role of James Bond, which has been held by white male actors since Sean Connery played the role in 1962. There have been several James Bonds since, but the franchise has decided to revamp 007 with a completely different secret agent.
This may be a manifestation of fans dreaming of a 007 of color after people and the press began to demand a space for the Black British heartthrob Idris Elba to take over the role. Creators of the upcoming film took things a step further and filled the role with a woman of color.
The fact of Bond’s womanizing ways were a part of the conversation. Writer Waller-Bridge told the website Deadline “There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not [the Bond franchise] is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.”
Lynch will be playing Nomi, an agent who takes over for a vacationing James Bond who took time off from the intense job of secret agent extraordinaire to lay low in Jamaica.
Fans did not get their wish for Elba to become the next James Bond, but forward moving steps were made by taking the Bond franchise out of an outdated world of white male privilege into a diverse modern world where Black women can do anything and be anyone. Hopefully, this revelation and reality-based casting choice continues in Hollywood. One small step for James Bond is actually a huge step for the representation of diverse faces on the big screen.