With Daniel Craig stepping down from his franchise role as James Bond, there’s been a lot of speculation as to who the next 007 will be. As we’ve seen with The Little Mermaid, the subject of diversity and representation is often a part of thee conversation, with some fans making the case for a female or black actor to take on the role in the next installment. Now, according to a new report, the next 007 will be both, as British actress Lashana Lynch will be taking over from Daniel Craig’s James Bond, following the character’s retirement in James Bond 25.
This development will almost certainly divide die-hard Bond fans who are notoriously protective about the series, which has spanned six decades and has featured six white male actors. For instance, there has been a prolonged debate over whether current “Sexiest Man Alive” Idris Elba could or should replace Daniel Craig.
According to a report in the UK tabloid The Daily Mail, the upcoming, yet-to-be-titled 25th Bond film will reveal Lashana Lynch as the new 007 with Craig’s character coming out of retirement for one last mission.
Mainstream audiences may know Lashana best from her supporting turn as Carol Danvers’ sidekick/pseudo love interest in this year’s blockbuster Captain Marvel. She has also previously appeared on TV in several, mostly short-lived shows like Crims and Still Star-Crossed.