We already knew Lashana Lynch was going to be in the new James Bond movie, titled No Time to Die, which is coming out …eh, at some point? We figured she was playing the new 007. But we didn’t really have a confirmation, because everyone was playing coy.
No more of that.
Lynch talked to Harper’s Bazaar about playing the first female 007, and what it meant to step into that role as a Black woman.
“I didn’t want to waste an opportunity when it came to what Nomi might represent,” she shared. “I searched for at least one moment in the script where Black audience members would nod their heads, tutting at the reality but glad to see their real life represented. In every project I am part of, no matter the budget or genre, the Black experience that I’m presenting needs to be 100 percent authentic.”
Write us down as 250% more excited for No Time To Die after reading this.
Lynch also weighed in on the abuse she’s gotten for playing the 007 as a Black woman, and how she deals with it:
“I am one Black woman – if it were another Black woman cast in the role, it would have been the same conversation, she would have got the same attacks, the same abuse,” she says. “I just have to remind myself that the conversation is happening and that I’m a part of something that will be very, very revolutionary.”
Here at Fangirlish we’ve loved Lynch since Still Star-Crossed, and we are super proud to see her step into this role. We have no doubt she’s going to kill it.
No Time to Die is set to be released April 2nd, 2021.