'Bond 25' will reportedly star Lashana Lynch as next 007
It seems like we're one step closer to getting a female James Bond. Actress Lashana Lynch is reportedly set to take over Bond's iconic code name, 007, in the forthcoming Bond 25.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, a film insider disclosed that the British actress will be introduced during a "pivotal" scene in the movie. "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 told the publication.
Fans needn't worry, however, as James Bond will still be present.
"It's a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he's been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman," they continued.
"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."
Lashana recently starred in the superhero romp, Captain Marvel - playing the superhero's friend, and fellow pilot, Maria Rambeau.
"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," the source added.
The insider also revealed that the term "Bond girl" is now expressly forbidden. "We were all told that from now on they are to be addressed as 'Bond women'," they said.