Next James Bond: Lashanna Lynch CANT replace Daniel Craig and not because shes a woman
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After 16 years and five films, Craig is finally bowing out from the franchise. Due to the numerous delays caused by injuries on set, a change of directors and then the worldwide pandemic, the release of Bond 25 was repeatedly pushed back. This has also meant the speculation over who would take over the biggest role in cinema history has been building to a frenzy for more than two years already. Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has spoken out over the past few weeks on the subject.
Broccoli has gone on record saying they have not even started to think about who will take over from Craig until No Time To Die has been fully released. Naturally, it is extremely unlikely this is the case.
Actors like Christian Bale were approached for the role while Pierce Brosnan’s penultimate film, 1999’s The World Is Not Enough, was being made. Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman was approached for preliminary talks when Brosnan’s final film, Die Another Day, was filming in early 2002. Brosnan wasn’t officially released as 007 until 2004.
Broccoli has also directly addressed the issue of a female Bond – although this actually does not impact Lynch’s chances in any way.
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There is no doubt Lynch shines in No Time To Die as new 00 agent Nomi. In fact, it is revealed early on in the movie that she is the new 007, replacing Bond after he retired.
Lynch certainly has the physical presence, charisma and action abilities to hold her own on-screen with Craig’s towering performance. She is a fitting addition to the 00 ranks.
So why is it so impossible for her to be the next James Bond?
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Broccoli addressed the issue in general last week when she said: “James Bond is a male character. I hope that there will be many, many films made with women, for women, by women, about women. I don’t think we have to take a male character and have a woman portray him. So yes, I see him as male.”
However, countless posts and articles continue to discuss Lynch’s chances, as well as other strong female contenders like Suranne Jones.
Clearly, nobody is ready to give up on the idea of a female Bond. But it can never be Lashanna Lynch.
It is very simple. Being 007 is not the same as being James Bond. One is a person, the other is a secret agent designation.
Lynch has been introduced as Nomi. That is who she is. Her designation is 007. Even if the whole franchise is rebooted with an entirely new James Bond, it cannot be Lyshanna Lynch because she is already playing someone else.
Place your bets (and hopes) on a female Bond, but do not waste your money on Lynch. However, excellent she is in No Time To Die, and she really is, her die has already been cast.
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