EDITOR’S NOTE: I shouldn’t have to title the headline the way I did. But since trolls online are all up in arms about this, I felt the need to be more specific.
‘Bond 25’ has been shrouded in mystery ever since it was announced. While some details about the plot have made their way online, fans everywhere wait with anticipation to see how the 25th Bond film measures up to its predecessors.
Here’s what we do know: at the start of the film, Bond (Daniel Craig), has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain (Rami Malek) armed with dangerous new technology.
That first sentence is what peaked a lot of interest, as Bond will be retired when the film begins. But with Bond out of service, the title of 007 will be left hanging. That’s where Lashana Lynch’s character comes in.
Speaking to the Mail On Sunday, a film insider has revealed the 31-year-old will be introduced during a ‘pivotal’ scene, where she is revealed to be the newest 007. So no, Lashana Lynch is NOT JAMES BOND, she’s 007.
“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 insider called it a “popcorn moment,” but affirmed that James Bond isn’t going anywhere, it’s just his code number has been given to someone else.
“It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.
“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.”
What’s even more interesting, and will probably further infuriate men who can’t handle Lynch taking on the 007 number, is that the term ‘Bond girl’ is now strictly forbidden.
They added: “We were all told that from now on they are to be addressed as ‘Bond women’.”
The source went on to praise Lynch, as well was Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who co-wrote the script with Scott Z. Burns:
“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 humour.
“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.”
Bridge was reportedly brought in to “modernize” the story, but she always maintained that Bond would have to stay true to himself:
She said: “There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not Bond is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.
“I think that’s b******s. I think he’s absolutely relevant now. [The franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.”
Bond 25 stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Léa Seydoux, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw and Jeffrey Wright and introduced Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek.
The film is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, and will be released on April 3, 2020.