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007 Becomes A Black Woman - And Some Men Lose Their Minds

Lashana Lynch will take over James Bond's famous agent number in 'Bond 25'.
007 Becomes A Black Woman - And Some Men Lose Their Minds

With James Bond in retirement, a new 007 takes over his famous agent number for the nearly 60-year-old movie franchise. Naturally, with the news some people (white men) figured this meant a black woman was taking over the James Bond role, triggering some panic episodes one assumes. Daniel Craig will return in the role of James Bond for Bond 25, but it will have a decidedly new, one hopes modern look. The addition of Phoebe Waller-Bridge as writer (Fleabag, Killing Eve) virtually guarantees an interesting role for Lashana Lynch and the rest of the Bond women (not girls anymore), and won't be just a tacked-on gimmick. And that's just as the Bond franchise wants it, needs it, for Bond to remain relevant instead of an anachronism to a bygone era.

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Ever so slowly, Hollywood is starting to get its shit together when it comes to casting for major roles. Following a procession of men to have held the post of 007 since the James Bond franchise launched in 1962, the role will, at long last, belong to a black woman.

Up until this point, Lashana Lynch, 31, was best known for her portrayal of pilot Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel. It’s not that she is going to be James Bond (still played by Daniel Craig); rather, she’s going to assume his agent number now that he’s fucked off to his retirement in Jamaica. But according to the , he’ll come trotting back because no one ever just seems to be able to stay retired.
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The Mail attributes the decision to cast a black woman as 007 to Fleabag creator and our collective soulmate Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who was to punch up the desiccated franchise by Craig himself. Smart man. She addressed the issue of Bond’s continued relevance in The Year of Our Satan 2019 thusly:

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.’


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Some applauded.

I hope the next 007 is not only black and female, I hope she’s a ghost-busting mermaid lesbian who plays soccer and becomes the president of the United States.

— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt)

Some were wary.

Halle Bailey as Ariel and Lashana Lynch as 007: both clearly wonderful developments. But in slightly different ways, both announcements make me wonder whether the entertainment industry is increasingly exploiting the fact that certain casting choices will be controversial.

— James Roberts (@jroberts332)

Some were pissed-off.

I really feel sorry for today's youth, I grew up watching James Bond with fast cars, fast women, a man of excellence, focus & competency.

Today's boys will get this, some Grace Jones looking shemale replacement, and we wonder why men today are so weak.

— Richard Cooper (@Rich_Cooper)

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