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Reports: Lashana Lynch to play 007 in new 'James Bond' film. So what happens to James Bond?

Reports suggest Daniel Craig will return to play Bond in the untitled “Bond 25” film.

Actress Lashana Lynch poses for photographers upon arrival at the European Gala of "Captain Marvel" at a central London cinema, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.
Actress Lashana Lynch poses for photographers upon arrival at the European Gala of "Captain Marvel" at a central London cinema, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Multiple reports from over the weekend suggest that Lashana Lynch will play the role of 007 for the next “James Bond” film.

Reports suggest Daniel Craig will return to play Bond in the untitled “Bond 25” film. But he won’t play the hero in the new movie. One report, which came from the Daily Mail, said Bond will be retired from action in the new movie. Instead, Lynch — who starred in "Captain Marvel" earlier this year — will take on the 007 role.

  • “There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says ‘Come in 007’, and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman,” the unnamed insider told the Daily Mail, according to E! News. “It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond, but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.”

Bond will reportedly attempt to seduce the woman but it won’t work on the new 007 character, according to E! News. And the term “Bond Girls” — often used in the “James Bond” films — has been replaced by “Bond women.”

  • “This is a Bond for the modern era who will appeal to a younger generation while sticking true to what we all expect in a ‘Bond’ film,” the unnamed insider told Daily Mail. “There are spectacular chase sequences and fights, and Bond is still Bond but he’s having to learn to deal with the world of #MeToo.”

Flashback: “James Bond” executive producer Barbara Broccoli previously said that Bond will never be a woman, according to The Guardian. Previous reports suggest Richard Madden, Idris Elba or Tom Hardy could take over the role.

  • But “Killing Eve” writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who will co-write the film, made a massive change by switching the 007 character to a woman (assuming these reports aren’t just rumors). She previously said changes needed to be made to “Bond” because of the new era of filmmaking and Hollywood, according to BuzzFeed News.
  • “There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not Bond is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women. I think that’s bollocks. I think he’s absolutely relevant now.”
  • “(The franchise) has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.”