A black woman has been cast as iconic British Secret Service agent 007, the Mail on Sunday reported this week.
Lashana Lynch, 31, will fill the role in the latest James Bond film following campaigns on social media to find a protagonist from a marginalized identity group.
However, the move isn’t a complete capitulation to activists calling for increased representation in the 25th Bond film, which is currently being filmed in Italy and the United Kingdom. Daniel Craig, a white American man, appears for the last time as Bond, according to the Mail. He comes out of retirement in the movie to find that Lynch has taken over his famous agent number.
“It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman,” a source told the Mail.
According to the source, Bond’s famous masculine sexuality – now deemed by some “toxic masculinity” – will be thwarted by his “brilliant, black woman” replacement.
“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,” the source said.
“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,” the source added.
“Bond 25” is slated for release in April 2020.
007 gets woke
Earlier this year, former Bond girl Eva Green responded to internet activists’ calls for the next James Bond to be next played by a woman or a black man.
She told reporters at a red carpet event in March that while she is supportive of women, 007 “should be played by a man.”
That same month, the actor who played Head of Secret Intelligence Service, Ralph Fiennes, speaking to BBC2’s “Newsnight,” said Bond should not be female or black.
In May, industry sources revealed “intimacy coaches” had been hired on the set of the new Bond movie. “Bond 25” producers hired the consultants to ensure that the stars – including new Bond girl Ana De Armas – felt empowered, according to a report in The Sun. A “film insider” explained that the move was part of an effort to get #MeToo compliant.
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