As Bond 25 continues filming, news items keep sprinkling out about the production.
While onset injuries, accidents, arguments, abandoned cameos and peeping toms running around at Pinewood Studios, the latest news items has eclipsed them all in making the world of Bond Fandom take a pause and react.
The announcement that Lashana Lynch will be playing ‘007’ in Bond 25 was a like a thunderclap over the heads of Bond fans, news outlets and casual moviegoers. Many headlines made it appear that Lynch would be the new 007 replacing star Daniel Craig.
The assumption soon got taken hold that James Bond is about to be gender swapped and the future of the Bond film series would be focused on Lynch. The James Bond that has been around for nearly sixty years would be no more and the series would get a ‘Me Too’ facelift and put a woman at center stage.
Hold your horses. That ain’t happening.
The simpler and less dramatic reality is that James Bond’s agent number 007 is being held by Lynch’s Nomi while Craig’s Bond has been in retirement.
With the end of Spectre, Craig’s Bond has left Her Majesty’s Secret Service to live in the sunset with Leá Seydoux’s Madeleine Swann. With Bond’s departure there has been left an opening in the double-O agent roster – that has been filled by Lynch’s Nomi.
So, yeah I guess technically you could say Lynch is the new 007 – but it’s not as dramatic a game changer as those initial headlines that flooded social media made it out to be.
With that cleared up, some Bond fans are still resistant with the idea of the famed 007 number being used by anyone other than James Bond.
I’m one of them.
The number ‘007’ is synonymous with James Bond. It has been since his creation by Ian Fleming. Every Bond film would present the lead actor ‘As Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007’. The number has been used in promotion for the films. Products, t-shirts, posters, coffee mugs, advertisements, baby onesies have all used the ‘007’ number through the years.
It’s not unreasonable that there has been a feeling of sacredness about that 007 number by fans.
This move by Eon by giving a black woman the 007 agent number, in Bond 25 right now, also strikes as a way they’re following in step the progressive, feminist, social political messages that so many film franchises have done in recent years. And many of them that have placed sending that message first and story and character came second. As a result the product has suffered and wasn’t embraced by fans.
I have an uneasy feeling about this and the road Eon is taking. I don’t think Bond’s 007 number should have been reassigned or given to anyone – ANYONE.
I can’t think of any reason why Lynch couldn’t have been say 005 and they created a new character from scratch, rather than making her ‘007’ and using that as a shorthand or hook for the character of Nomi.
I also can’t see how Lynch having Bond’s old 007 agent number could be anything vital in any kind of story.
Whether it works or not, Eon has just guaranteed a lot of attention about Lynch’s role. Talk about it has been nonstop since it was revealed. Not all of it positive. As you probably have seen reactions to the this news about ‘a new 007’ has run the gamut from praise to hate.
For me, this news has become another item that has me feeling uneasy about what Bond 25 will be. It didn’t instill me with any more confidence or enthusiasm for the film. As of now I’m feeling like this move of giving Lynch the 007 number is gimmicky and is being done with the sole purpose of making a topical social statement. It hasn’t reenforced to me that this Bond movie sounds really interesting and something that I’ve been waiting to see.
We will see how this plays out. But when we do finally get to see Bond 25 and if ‘007 Nomi’ ends up being a poorly written character and her being ‘007’ has no significance to the story and she could have just as easily had been ‘003’, and they needn’t have touched Bond’s ‘007’ number and stirred all this up, we’ll know exactly why they decided to do this and question whether it was worth upsetting Bond fans for it.
If you want more of my thoughts on this and Bond 25, you can check out my video I did where I rambled pretty long about all this….