Will the World Get to See a Female James Bond? It’s Possible
Hollywood has been taking steps to change things up a little bit in recent years. While public reception of serious casting changes has been mixed, most people think the current movement in Hollywood to think outside the box is a good thing. The recent casting of Halle Bailey as Ariel in the live action version of The Little Mermaid was met by both applause and jeers. Now, it looks like another iconic character will be portrayed by a rising female star, and it’s likely one you would least expect.
007 in the upcoming Bond 25 movie is reportedly set to be played by Lashana Lynch. Lynch is best known for her role as Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel. While Lynch is reportedly set to take on the part of 007, she won’t exactly be playing James Bond. That credit will still belong to Daniel Craig, at least for now.
What character is Lashana Lynch set to play in Bond 25?
Media headlines have hailed Lynch as the next James Bond, but that’s not exactly how it looks like the plot will play out, at least not just yet. Lynch won’t be replacing James Bond in the traditional sense if headlines are to be believed. The Captain Marvel actress will allegedly be introduced as the new 007, and work alongside Craig in Bond 25, according to Hyperbeast.
The reports are just rumors at the moment, but fans are excited to see Lynch step into such an important leading role. With Lynch’s rumored appointment as 007, the concept of the “Bond Girl” has been jettisoned into the annuls of the past. It looks like Lynch won’t be playing a sidekick.
As it stands, Lynch is absolutely signed onto the project. She appears in the full cast list on IMDB for the upcoming film. The production house, however, has remained tight-lipped about exactly what role she will be playing. She won’t be alone on set, either. Lynch will be working alongside several other rising starlets.
Bond 25 will be Daniel Craig’s last portrayal of the character
Craig is signed onto the Bond 25 project, set to debut in 2020, but it will be his absolute last time playing the agent. James Bond, as a character, is set to retire after Bond 25, and with it, Daniel Craig will hang up his double agent boots.
Craig stepped into the role in 2006 after Pierce Brosnan ended his affiliation with the franchise in 2002. Craig’s debut as Bond in Casino Royale is largely considered the catalyst for the franchise’s reboot. Craig went on to star in three more James Bond movies. Bond 25 will be the 51-year-old actor’s fifth installment.
The film will reportedly see Craig’s character retire, opening the door for the next Bond to step up to the plate. Fans have been making quiet suggestions about who should step into the role. While Idris Elba has been tapped by fans for the next Bond, according to Collider, it looks like the studio is going even further away from their traditional casting options. It might be just what the franchise needs.
Could the latest Bond film set the stage for an all-new franchise?
Lynch’s casting and rumored expansive role in the film might set the stage for an entirely new take on a classic film series. Lynch would become the very first female 007. Sure, there have been female characters in the franchise, but never in a lead role, and never as 007.
The first James Bond movie was released in 1962, with Sean Connery playing the lead role. He continued as Bond until 1967 when he was briefly replaced by George Lazenby (Connery was back to reprise the role in 1971, though). Roger Moore took on the part during the 1970s and early 1980s. He was followed by Timothy Dalton. Pierce Brosnan took on the lead role through the 1990s and early 2000s before Daniel Craig signed onto the franchise.