The title of Agent 007 has always been synonymous with James Bond, the iconic ultra-masculine character who has gotten several makeovers since Sean Connery first played the role back in 1962. But in 2020, that designation will be given to a woman. No, she won't be playing James (or Jane?) Bond but will stand as her own character that just happens to be assigned the same code number 007. And the coveted role is given to British actress Lashana Lynch of Captain Marvel fame.
Although iconic, the Bond franchise by Ian Fleming has always been a subject of controversy and criticism because of its misogynistic tones and its treatment of female characters. Even former Bond Girl Diana Rigg (popularly known today as Olenna Tyrell in Game Of Thrones) commented on how her character in On Her Majesty's Secret Service was sidelined an hour into the film. "In our society, women at the moment are being very busy trying to prove that they aren't victims, but Ian Fleming (in the Bond films) definitely, definitely puts them in a subsidiary position," she shares in a 1969 BBC interview. Decades after, it looks like 'Bond Girls' are finally getting a modern makeover of their own.
It's reported that the 25th Bond film will open with Daniel Craig's James Bond already retired and that Lynch's character, Agent 007, will be tasked to track him down and bring him out of retirement to help with a dangerous mission. That sure sounds exciting! Aside from these hot details, there's still no news on the release date of this movie so we'll stay tuned. For now, let's get to know the woman of the hour, Lashana Lynch.