The identity of the next James Bond has been kept under wraps for the past few years, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating. Some have suggested that Idris Elba should take the mantle next. Others feel that we need a woman to play Bond, like Emily Blunt. And while we may not have a different Bond for a while, a black woman is officially getting his code name. The Daily Mail reports that British actress Lashana Lynch, who played Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel, has been cast as Agent 007 in the franchise’s 25th installment.
Lynch’s casting is a huge change for the iconic spy series, and one source told the Daily Mail that her character will be revealed to have Bond’s spy number in a “popcorn-dropping moment.” That being said, Bond himself will remain a white man—at least for the time being. Daniel Craig is set to reprise the role in the currently untitled film. Lynch’s 007, on the other hand, will be an entirely new character who takes over the spy number after Bond leaves MI6. And because this is a Bond movie, the titular character will, naturally, try to seduce Lynch’s 007.
Twitter was overjoyed to see Lynch join the Bond universe.
Lashana Lynch is the new 007. That's it. That's the tweet pic.twitter.com/7oM3nXSogn— Aniq ⎊ (@RaniqDesigns) July 14, 2019
Tired: casting more white men in 007 roles— aisling, worrier princess (@aislina) July 14, 2019
Wired: casting Idris Elba or another male actor of colour in 007 roles
Inspired: casting Lashana Lynch, a black female actor, as a 007#Bond25
nothing but love and respect to the new 007, queen lashana lynch pic.twitter.com/W1r6dSKJw2— vivienne ✵ (@valkyrievers) July 14, 2019
Prediction: Whiny dudes will be shaken AND stirred.https://t.co/Tr5enuP53q— John Scalzi (@scalzi) July 14, 2019
My dad has always been obsessed with the Bond series. He has individual VHS tapes, DVDs, and box sets. You better believe if he catches a Bond movie on TV, he's watching it. Here's his reaction to @LashanaLynch being the newest 007. #Bond pic.twitter.com/7XIJRBKcpx— Valerie Anne (@PunkyStarshine) July 14, 2019
In equally great news, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who brought us Fleabag and Killing Eve, will co-write the forthcoming Bond movie. In April, The Guardian reported that Craig had brought in Waller-Bridge to “liven up” the script, making her the second female writer to work on the franchise. The Daily Mail hints that she was behind Lynch’s turn as 007.
Wow. Lashana Lynch is the next 007. She’s not playing Bond, but will take over the code name. Brava, Phoebe Waller-Bridge for ushering in a new era where WoC can lead a spy series, like Sandra Oh in #KillingEve. H/t @iamlaurenp https://t.co/qcSpMHF2zR— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) July 14, 2019
Even though we might not see a female Bond soon enough, we are so happy to see Lynch as the next 007 when Bond 25 comes out. And we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll see a lot more of her in the years to come.