If you managed to miss the rumour that swept across the interwebs last night, chances are you’re going to see at least one person mention it on your Twitter feed this morning (might even be us). If you’re hoping to avoid spoilers for your eyes only, then you might be best flying right by this story.
Sticking with it? Fair enough.
Sources from The Daily Mail have revealed that the upcoming and yet-to-be-titled final outing for Daniel Craig as James Bond, will also see someone else with his 007 status; Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch. Considering the numerous names that have been pinned to take over from our most recent Bond have caused much discussion (Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, at least three members of the Jumpcut team), martinis will undoubtedly be jostled about following the news that a person of colour, a woman of colour especially, will be taking the iconic set of digits. I mean what do we think this is? 2019?!
The rumour reveals that Lynch’s character will in fact have gained 007 status after its former owner has been long since retired from MI6. That is until Felix Leither (Jeffrey Wright) rocks up in Jamaica, asking his old pal James to do him a solid. Time to dust of the Walther PPK (not a euphemism), start the DB5 and crack open his license to kill to do what he does best – shooting people in the face and looking devilishly suave doing so.
With this in mind, it of course sets up the question of whether or not this will be the direction the Bond franchise will be heading to in the future. Could Lynch be keeping her new (potential) title? Or, like so many times before, is this just utter bunkum in the lead up to James Bond’s return? He won’t be the only familiar face to make a comeback, of course. Along with Felix Leither, we’ll also see Ralph Fiennes as M, Lea Seydoux as Spectre‘s Madeleine Swann, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as the newly promoted A and Rory Kinnear as Tanner. Christoph Waltz has also been revealed to be making an appearance as former baddie, Blofeld.
New cast members to the Bondverse (have that, just made it up) Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, Ana De Arma, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, and Rami Malek. You can see them all throwing steely glares at one another when Bond is back in April 8, 2020.