For the 25th installment of the Bond Film, Lashana Lynch, a Black woman will be the lead agent in the film. Her character will have the same code name, 007, but will not serve as a replacement for Bond, but rather a new spy. She takes over his agent number after he leaves M6.
Lynch being casted will be the first time a Black person and a woman have had the lead role in the franchise's 57 year run of producing movies and agents. In the film, Lynch will take on the name, Nomi and has a release date set for April 8, 2020. No title has been given to the film just yet.
It has been reported by The Daily Mail, that "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. It's a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still bond but he's been replaced as 007."
Lashana is of Jamaican descent, but was born in Hammersmith, London. She has always had an interest in acting, going to school at ArtsEd, receiving a BA in Acting. She made her acting debut in 2011, in a British film entitled, Fast Girls. In 2016, she appeared in a series produced by Shonda Rhimes called, Still Star Crossed. She also recently starred in Captain Marvel, as Brie Lawson's best friend.
This is a huge milestone for the series to cast a Black Woman as the lead. This is a progressive step by the franchise. This announcement comes on the heals of Disney selecting Halle Bailey to star Ariel in The Little Mermaid. So much #BlackGirlMagic is being displayed and we are glad the world is being put on notice of the excellence Black Women possess.