According to an insider, ‘there is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says “Come in 007”, and in walks Lashana who is Black, beautiful and a woman.’- Claire Heuchan (Metro Entertainment).
Only moonwalkers have probably not heard about the latest plot twist in The Bond series narrative. According to reports that surfaced on the internet on Monday, Hollywood’s latest rave Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) will play secret agent 007 in Bond 25 scheduled for worldwide release on April 8, 2020. Daniel Craig continues as James Bond.
In clear terms, this means that the Bond narrative is taking a pivotal step in changing the fifty-something-year-old structure of its rather sexist narrative.
The Bond girls are famous for their striking features and of course sexuality. Through the five-decade-long existence of the series, lead female stars are the designer element of the story and sometimes, the twist in their underestimation gives the stories some woman-power credit.
It’s bad for the real-life struggle but it’s been great for entertainment.
What Bond 25 is doing at the moment is daring. It’s a huge risk to tempt the Franchise’s loyal audience (the ones who stick around for the larger than life Hero) in its attempt to become more inclusive in the change of tide that’s fast sweeping over Hollywood.
This experiment can either go Right or Wrong. Right is the chance that Lynch can fit into the large shoes of her predecessors while pulling some Black Girl Magic for taste. A box-office success will be enough to keep the naysayers in their nest.
The wrong is if come April 8, 2020 (release date), it falls through. The comparisons just might send the series to a middle aged grave and Lynch might follow for good measure.