Why It’s The Right Time To Have A Female James Bond Post-Daniel Craig

It’s been reported that the next Bond after Daniel Craig will be played by a woman, Lashana Lynch to be exact, and it’s exactly what we need right now.

James Bond has been in the news recently, and it’s been causing quite the stir online. Why is that you ask? It’s because it’s been reported that the next James Bond will be played by Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel).

When I first heard this, my feelings were a bit mixed, and it wasn’t for the Ben Shapiro-esque reasons. I do not believe that Bond shouldn’t be played by a woman. Quite the opposite. I’ve been thinking that the gender-swapping of the character is a great idea.

However, the news made me feel a bit uneasy since I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was being done for all the wrong reasons.

The #MeToo movement has been changing things for the better in recent years, especially in Hollywood. However, I’ve been worrying slightly that people – movie executives and people at the very top of the industry primarily – are now merely playing along with it and just ‘waiting for it all to blow over’.

And, what they’ve been doing to make themselves seem more in tune with the times is gender-swapping their films, only to revert back to the way it was done before because they proved to be quite unpopular.

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The case I’m thinking of specifically is the recent Ghostbusters movie, which featured an all-female cast. The film did very poorly at the box office and people went mad about it online claiming that it was a disgrace to do this to ‘their’ beloved franchise.

So what did the studio executive do? They scrapped the female version of Ghostbusters and are now making another film with a male cast. It’s just so ridiculous. What they should have done is made a better second film, but they weren’t going to risk that were they now.

I was worried that they’re going to do something similar with the Bond films. Lashana Lynch would make an excellent Bond. She’s a terrific actress, but unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there, a lot of vocal people out there, who just don’t want to see this happen and will do everything within their power to make sure the film bomb, as they did with Ghostbusters.

However, I then heard how they were planning on doing the swap and I thought, ‘yes, that’s perfect!’. It seems as though they’re going to do the swap in a rather more subtle manner, almost hoodwinking the man-babies out there who don’t want it to happen.

They’re going to introduce Lynch’s version of the character in Craig’s final movie and then having a passing of the torch moment between the two, as equals. I feel that would be a much more touching and powerful moment than just introducing her in a subsequent film.

Bond will become a codename, much like 007. It will be a symbol rather than a character – a symbol which could be passed on from actor to actor.

It will then allow for a wider range of people from all types of backgrounds, races and sexes to play the role. I think this is a great way to introduce the first-ever female Bond.

I can’t wait to see Bond be brought into the 21st century, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Lynch can do with the role.

I just hope for her sake that she gets the time and the backing she needs. There’s a nagging voice in the back of my head which thinks otherwise, and it’s because of people like Shapiro who have a tendency of making their annoyingly reedy voices heard.

Meanwhile, why not have a read of our articles on the five reasons why Tom Holland in the best Spider-Man ever, the five actors who could play The Penguin in the movie, and the five movies you should watch if you still think Robert Pattinson won’t be a good Batman.

You can also have a read of our reviews of Toy Story 4Spider-Man: Far From HomeAladdinDetective PikachuJohn Wick: Chapter 3 – ParabellumGodzilla: King of the MonstersAvengers: EndgameHellboy and Glass.

In the meantime, why not catch up on your Bond knowledge by watching the previous films, which you can purchase here! It’ll be worth your while, I promise.

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