IIn a story that will surely surprise fans of James Bond and the film industry in general, it was revealed today that the old 007 Daniel Craig will pass the Walther PPK to the British British actress Lashana Lynch in the emblematic role.
For years there has been intense speculation about who would take 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 could make a nod to diversity and choose a person of color or a woman for the first time.
But if today's report from the UK tabloid Daily mail it is to be believed, the producers of 007 are opting for a radical twofer: to choose a black woman of 31 years as the heiress of Bond.
According to the report, the upcoming 25th Bond movie, still a title, will reveal Lynch as the new 007 with the character of Craig coming out of retirement for a final mission.
It is almost certain that this development will divide the enthusiastic fans of Bond who are notoriously protective with respect to the series, which has spanned six decades and featured six white male actors in the black suit.
For example, there has been a long debate over whether Idris Elba, the current "sexiest man in the world", could or should replace Craig. In 2014, The Daily Beast broke the news that Amy Pascal, then head of Sony Pictures Entertainment, wanted Elba to be the next Bond. And almost all interviews or profiles of Elba have seemed to renew the speculation on which the Hobbs and Shaw The star has remained remarkably optimistic.
Before a debate about whether there could be a black bonus, there was even an exclamation and a cry about whether there could be a blond 007 fourteen years ago, when Craig was first elected on paper.
Clearly, the producers of Bond 25 have decided that it was time to do something even less orthodox with the globetrotting espionage series.
According to the Daily mailFrom the source, "There is a fundamental scene at the beginning of the movie where M says 'Enter 007' and enter Lashana, who is black, beautiful and a woman."
"It's a moment of falling popcorn, Bond is still Bond, but this awesome woman has replaced him as 007," they added.
This news is only the latest in a series of tumultuous headlines that emerge from a production that has It looked rocky at best.
First, there was Craig's initial reluctance to return to the role after four successful films, largely well received. After the 2015 Specter, which grossed almost a billion dollars worldwide, he said he would prefer to "cut out his wrists" rather than play the role again (later, he backed off and went on board).
Then there was the hiring (and departure) of the director of list A, Danny Boyle, after he and his protagonist supposedly wanted to take the series in diametrically opposite directions. With the departure of Boyle, a completely new script and director was needed.
"The role of Bond has long been seen as a blessing and a curse to the actors who have played it, as it can overshadow everything they do."
Since then, Real detective Guru Cary Joji Fukunaga took over the direction of his duties, which made him the first American filmmaker to direct a Bond film, and the Instagram feed 007 began sharing tempting photos on the set, suggesting that perhaps the movie, which has been repeatedly delayed, was back on track.
It would not be a surprise that after five exhausting films, and many, many injuries, Craig, 51, was ready to move on to other projects. The role of Bond has long been seen as a blessing and a curse to the actors who have played it, as it can overshadow everything they do.
Even Sean Connery, who could be said to have had the most productive career after Bond, will be best known for being the originator of the soft spy in the sixties.
With Lynch, there will be a relatively blank slate. The main audiences know the best they can for their support in the role of Carol Danvers' partner / lover. in this year's box office success Captain Marvel.
He has also previously appeared on television in several programs, mostly short-lived, such as Crims Y Still starry.
According to the Daily mail, this dramatic turn for Bond was inspired by the actress and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge of Fleabag Fama, who, according to reports, was brought by Craig to reinforce the script.
the Daily mailThe source says: "Lashana is absolutely brilliant and Phoebe's script is as sharp and fun as one would expect, this Bond pays homage to some of the previous films with a lot of humor."
"This is a Bond for the modern era that will attract a younger generation and remain true to what we all expect in a Bond film," the source added. "There are spectacular chase sequences and fights, and Bond is still Bond, but he has to learn to deal with the world of #MeToo."
Still, this news is guaranteed to cause controversy. For every fan who says "it's time", there will be purists who complain about continuity or, what is worse, the "political correctness" is disrupted.
In fact, it's probably only a matter of time until President Donald Trump weighs. After all, there is no dispute of popular culture so insignificant that he can get involved.
Before becoming president, he condemned the resumption of women Ghostbusters, as well as the potential of Harrison Ford being replaced like Indiana Jones with a new actor.
Meanwhile, for the producers, this is surely a great bet. Unlike Elba, Lynch is not a well-known quantity and the series has had problems in the past when audiences were ambivalent about the artist who played 007.
On the other hand, there were many eyebrows raised when Craig was chosen and is now among the best Bonds for many fans and critics.
We'll have to wait and see if Lynch can leave the audience agitated and moved.