Black British actress, Lashana Lynch (FAST GIRLS, CAPTAIN MARVEL) gets the famous 007 number after Craig’s Bond goes into retirement. We’ll have to see how big of a role Lynch has in the new spy thriller. After all, in some Bond movies, the designation is used like a sports team number, sometimes used as a secret alias. If 007 is an alias, then Bond should always be 007. If 007 is a team number, then it would make sense that the number can be retired and transferred.
Is the James Bond franchise-changing, adapting to the times? Well, yes and no. Apparently, in the upcoming Bond flick (and the final flick for Daniel Craig as Bond), a black woman will be designated “007” – the designation previously assigned to James Bond for all these 50 years and 26 movies.
In Ian Fleming’s original James Bond novel, the “Double Oh” designation is for a field agent who has a license to kill to accomplish a mission. In the novels, there are only three “Double Oh’s.” In the Bond movie THUNDERBALL, it is implied that only the top ten field agents can earn a “Double Oh” designation.
Following that Bond canon, then Lynch’s new 007 will tell us one thing – she’s murdered for Queen and Country. Will her role be sizable to introduce her character into the franchise, or is this a bit of politically correct salve the Bond producers are churning in the face of years of criticism that it was time to recast a new James Bond?
The as of yet untitled BOND 25 comes out sometime in 2020.
About the contributing writer: Harrison Cheung is the award-winning author of the Christian Bale biography, THE INSIDE STORY OF THE DARKEST BATMAN.