Actress Lashana Lynch, currently most famous for her role in Captain Marvel, confirmed that she will take over the role of 007 from James Bond. Along the way, she unfortunately received some trolling, but dealt with it professionally. Meanwhile, others wondered how the transition will work. Read on to discover everything we know!
Lashana Lynch: The Next 007?
When Actress Lashana Lynch’s participation in the new James Bond movie, No Time to Die, some fans started to put two and two together. Unlike other cast members, like Rami Malek, had signed up to play one-off villains, Lych’s role was kept under wraps. Meanwhile, current James Bond actor, Daniel Craig, as already said No Time to Die will mark his last Bond film.
While many applauded the idea of Lynch taking on the role of 007, she also, sadly, received tons of hate from racist trolls. So, in 2019, Lych cleared the air, while simoutenously neither confirming nor denying whether she would take on the role or not. “It makes me feel quite sad for some people because their opinions, they’re not even from a mean place—they’re actually from a sad place,” she said in November 2019. “It’s not about me. People are reacting to an idea, which has nothing to do with my life.” Now, however, we know the truth…
Taking A Powerful Stance
Just last month, Lynch finally confirmed her character, Nomi, will take over the 007 title from James Bond. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, Lynch opened up not only about the hate she expects, but how she’ll deal with it: by logging off social media. Meanwhile, the break has also Lynch understand the importance of Nomi. “I am one Black woman—if it were another Black woman cast in the role, it would have been the same conversation, she would have got the same attacks, the same abuse,” she said. “I just have to remind myself that the conversation is happening and that I’m a part of something that will be very, very revolutionary.”
Sadly, Lynch is correct. Over the past decade, female and people of color stars in everything from Ghostbusters to Marvel and Star Wars have experienced hate. Thankfully, Lynch hopes that her character Nomi will bring people together, while giving black citizens a 007 to identify with.
From James Bond to Nomi
In No Time to Die, Nomi takes over the role of 007 after Bond retires to Jamaica. Just like Craig, Lynch wants to bring a new dimension to the 007 role, working with famous writer Phoebe Waller Bridge to do so. In the end, they created a “subtly drawn, believable, perhaps even a little awkward” character.
“A character that is too slick, a cast-iron figure? That’s completely against what I stand for,” Lynch said. “I didn’t want to waste an opportunity when it came to what Nomi might represent. I searched for at least one moment in the script where Black audience members would nod their heads, tutting at the reality but glad to see their real life represented. In every project I am part of, no matter the budget or genre, the Black experience that I’m presenting needs to be 100 percent authentic.”
As long as movie theaters remain open next spring, fans can go see Lashana Lynch portraying Nomi in No Time to Die in April 2021!