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Lashana Lynch, an actress long-rumored to be taking over the role of James Bond, has confirmed that she will be the new face of the 007 franchise. That means Lynch, a Black woman, will portray Nomi, a Black secret agent.
Although no part of the next James Bond movie’s plot is known yet, rumors are that James Bond will die at the end of the upcoming movie “No Time to Die” — potentially even being murdered by Nomi herself. Then, Nomi will take up the title of 007. The confirmation of Lynch means that the titular character will be both non-white and non-male for the first time in the history of the James Bond Franchise.
In a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Lynch spoke about what it means to her to assume the pop culture title. While she’s excited and honored to play a historic character, Lynch endured a lot of online hate about the new James Bond being a Black woman. Rumors about the actress taking over the role began over a year ago, and since then, she’s had to deal with trolls and angry James Bond fans. However, Lynch says that it’s just a reminder that she’s a part of something necessary for progress.
“I am one Black woman — if it were another Black woman cast in the role, it would have been the same conversation, she would have got the same attacks, the same abuse,” said Lynch. “I just have to remind myself that the conversation is happening and that I’m a part of something that will be very, very revolutionary.”
We can’t wait to see Lynch on the big screen (or the slightly smaller screen from our couches), and we’re so excited to see a role as iconic as James Bond embracing representation — even if it’s been a long time coming.