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Lashana Lynch in No Time to Die Lashana Lynch has made it official that she will be the next 007 in No Time To Die (2021), the 25th film in the James Bond franchise.

Lynch, who is most known for her role in Captain Marvel as well as press announcements for No Time To Die last year, will be the first woman and the first Black woman to be cast as 007.

We should make it clear though that Lynch has the title of 007 in No Time To Die as James Bond (played by Daniel Craig) is retired and in exile. It’s not clear yet what happens to James Bond at the end of No Time To Die, and whether or not Lynch will be given back the code name.

There has been some pushback, to put it lightly, about Lynch playing the role of 007. Not only is she a woman, but she is a black woman, and the trolling started months ago when the rumor leaked about her title in No Time To Die.

“I am one Black woman, if it were another Black woman cast in the role, it would have been the same conversation, she would have got the same attacks, the same abuse. I just have to remind myself that the conversation is happening and that I’m a part of something that will be very, very revolutionary.”

Can’t say we had Lynch on our radar, as we’ve frequently asked who the next James Bond should be if the Ian Fleming character was cast as a woman. Charlize Theron, Zoe Saldana and Emily Blunt were just a few on the list. We’ll be sure to be adding Lynch to the mix.

Sean Connery filming "Diamonds are Forever" 1971This news just in from BBC News. Sean Connery, the first actor to play the role of Ian Flemings character James Bond, has passed away at 90. More appropriately known as Sir Sean Connery, the actor died peacefully in his sleep in the Bahamas, his family reported.

His son, Jason Connery, said Sir Connery had been “unwell for some time.” He was staying on the island of Nassau, where many James Bond movies had been filmed including Thunderball, (1965) and the non-ION production Never Say Never Again (1983), as well as scenes in Casino Royale (2006) in For Your Eyes Only (1981).

Connery also played memorable roles in films such as The Hunt for Red October (1990), The Untouchables (1987), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Medicine Man (1992), and The Rock (1996) to name a few.

“A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor,” said Jason Connery.

Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented on Connery’s death:

“He revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”

Source: BBC News

Ana de Armas in No Time to Die wearing black dress movie still

Ana de Armas stars in “No Time to Die” (2020)

The theatrical release of No Time To Die has been delayed due to fears of the coronavirus named “Covid-19”. The new release date in the US is Nov. 25, 2020, which for Bond films traditionally follows an earlier debut in the UK, for now, scheduled for Nov. 12, 2020.

The world premiere of the 25th James Bond film would have taken place at Royal Albert Hall in London. It has been five years since the last Bond film, Spectre, premiered in 2015.

No Time To Die was directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, and stars Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Whishaw, and newcomers to the franchise Ana de Armas and Rami Malek.

Supposedly, this will be the last time Daniel Craig stars as Bond (although he said the same thing after Spectre had been completed), but this time it seems for real. Who should be the next James Bond? See our poll and vote for yourself.

[Update Mar. 24, 2020] Other films getting delayed include Top Gun Maverick, Wonder Woman 1984, and A Quiet Place Part 2, while many studios are opting to debut films early for home viewing.

[Update May 7, 2020] There is the potential of No Time To Die getting a further delay into 2021.

Billie Eilish performed the theme song to No Time To Die at the 40th annual BRIT Awards in London. Here’s an upload from the artist to her YouTube channel, as well as the studio-produced single. No Time To Die is the 25th film in the James Bond franchise premiering in the US on April 10, 2020. The movie stars Daniel Craig in his fifth appearance as the Ian Fleming character “007.”

MGM has released a new short trailer for the upcoming 25th James Bond film “No Time To Die.” The movie releases to theaters in the UK on April 2, 2020, followed by the US on April 10, 2020.

Called the “Official Game Day Spot” (trademark laws may have restricted MGM to not refer to “Super Bowl” in the title), the trailer is a 30-second spot that repeats some previously-released footage but reveals a few more images from the upcoming film.

From YouTube:

In NO TIME TO DIE, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.