Following a well-regarded appearance as Maria Rambeau in “Captain Marvel,” actress Lashana Lynch (pictured right) will next be seen taking on a whole different role in “No Time to Die,” the upcoming 25th James Bond film and the fifth and final outing of actor Daniel Craig.
The film begins with Bond retired and so Lynch is reportedly stepping into the role of the new Agent 007 at the start of the film’s events. The casting of a black woman in the 007 role caused a minor uproar in some parts of fandom, but the actress tells THR that the backlash didn’t bother her:
“[The reaction] doesn’t dishearten me. It makes me feel quite sad for some people because their opinions, they’re not even from a mean place – they’re actually from a sad place. It’s not about me. People are reacting to an idea, which has nothing to do with my life.”
Lynch was more concerned about being “just another Bond girl” and so came to the production with her own ideas about the character, in the process she was greeted with plenty of support from those working on the film like director Cary Fukunaga and co-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge:
“Everyone was really responsive to having her be what I wanted. You’re given a fresh perspective on a brand-new black woman in the Bond world. I didn’t want someone who was slick. I wanted someone who was rough around the edges and who has a past and a history and has issues with her weight and maybe questions what’s going on with her boyfriend.”
How extensive Lynch’s role in the film is unclear at this time. “No Time To Die” is scheduled to arrive in theaters on April 8th 2020.