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Black female actor cast as the next 007

NEW ROLE: Lashana Lynch

BLACK BRITISH actress Lashana Lynch will reportedly take on the role of 007, in a casting that has shocked the world.

The west Londoner, who first appeared on our screens in the 2011 movie Fast Girls and most recently in Captain Marvel will have a pivotal scene in the 25th Bond movie which will reveal her role as the new 007, according to reports.

An insider said: “There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M [played by Ralph Fiennes] says, ‘Come in 007', and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman.” “It's a popcorn-dropping moment”

Following the announcement, Lynch has received a plethora of supportive and congratulatory comments on twitter from both fans and industry colleagues.

Writer for the Metro, Sister Outrider (@ClaireShrugged) explained:
More "Bond Girls past and present are ultimately hollow, one-dimensional, sexist stereotypes. With this recast 007, the franchise has the opportunity to reinvent and redeem itself.”

Lynch fan, The Bullfrog tweeted: “am loving this creative decision! Because I am honestly tired of seeing another 007 agent that's a white male serial hooker. The producers better not pander and dim this beauty's light. #007”

But of course, the racist comments were not far behind.

While some Bond fans protested Lynch’s casting as 007 is the death of Bond franchise, others insisted her casting is just the beginning of the erasure of white people and that “white, straight males will be the Jews of 1940s Germany”.

In response to such views American Author Micheal Harriot tweeted: “Thoughts and prayers for everyone caught in this storm.Hurricane Barry? No, I’m talking about the surge of white tears we’ll have to endure when word gets out that the new 007 will be a black woman.”

Despite mixed responses to Lashana Lynch taking on the 007 codename, the casting of a black British woman for this legacy role is a great step towards shattering the glass ceiling that exists for black women in the UK’s entertainment industry.

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