The upcoming James Bond movie No Time To Die will not only end Daniel Craig’s journey as a spy, but will also introduce Nomi, the latest 007 agent. Nomi, who is played by British actor Lashana Lynch, replaced Bond when he exploded between the events of Specter and No Time To Die. However, when Lynch’s casting was announced, she was attacked online.
Lynch plays the very first female 007 – something that people online weren’t too happy about.
In a new interview, the 33-year-old spoke out against the comments.
She said: “I have nothing to say to the trolls, except that it is none of my business what you think, you have the freedom to live in your truth, just as I have the freedom to live in mine.” (Via The L.A. Times)
Lynch is one of the few women to play a major role in the James Bond franchise, and one of even fewer black women.
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Lynch referred to those who came before her, including Naomie Harris, Halle Berry and Grace Jones to name a few.
She continued: “When Halle Berry was in it, when Naomie was in it – who is now a friend so I appreciate her even more – it just meant I could relate to this very quintessentially English franchise and really relate it with my life.
“I didn’t have to be a fighter or know how to handle a gun or anything like that to deal with these women. They just felt like members of my family on screen.”
The Captain Marvel star also explained how she hopes her casting will inspire other black women.
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Lynch said, “We know what it feels like to be wrong and underrepresented and we know what it feels like to long for someone, anyone in the world to speak our truth for us when we feel like we have no voice.
“And I hope that my career and my choice of roles and that I’m just being myself, authentically, shines a light on our strength.”
This isn’t the first time Lynch has spoken out about the criticism she’s received online.
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In 2019, Lynch said the response to her casting was not “discouraging”.
She continued: “It makes me very sad for some people because their opinions, they’re not even from a mean place – they’re actually from a sad place.
“It’s not about me. People react to an idea that has nothing to do with my life.” (Via The Hollywood Reporter)
The actor also said last year: “I’m a black woman – if it had been another black woman in the role, it would have been the same conversation, she would have had the same attacks, the same abuse.”
Lynch added, “I have to remind myself that the conversation is ongoing and that I’m part of something that’s going to be very, very revolutionary.”
In addition to introducing Lynch to the series, No Time To Die will send Craig out of the franchise.
At this point, there’s a good chance that Regé-Jean Page 007 will play in the next iteration of the character.
No Time To Die will hit theaters on September 30, 2021.
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