Daniel Craig is handing over the James Bond baton to Lashana Lynch.
In news that will surely come as a shock to James Bond fans and the film industry at large, it was revealed today that longtime 007 Daniel Craig will pass the Walther PPK to black British actress Lashana Lynch in the iconic role.
For years there has been intense speculation about who would take over the reins of one of the most durable and profitable film franchises in history once Craig stepped aside. Much of that speculation has revolved around whether the series might make a nod toward diversity and cast a person of color or a woman for the first time.
But if the report today from UK tabloid the Daily Mail is to be believed, the 007 producers are going for a radical twofer: casting a 31-year-old black female newcomer as Bond’s heir apparent.
Still, this news is guaranteed to cause controversy. For every fan who says “it’s about time,” there will be purists who whine about continuity—or worse, “political correctness” run amok.
In fact, it’s probably only a matter of time until President Donald Trump weighs in. After all, there’s no pop-culture squabble too petty for him to wade into.
Unfortunately the source for this story is the Daily Mail, a notoriously unreliable British tabloid. But this story seems to be legit.
I am waiting for the whining to begin that this is yet more evidence of the plot to eliminate all white men.
The article did not address what the new Bond’s first name is going to be, though there is no reason why she should not continue to be called James, since that is apparently the code name for Agent 007, not his real name. Why these agents need both a code name and code number is not clear. No doubt it is a regulation of the British civil service.