Lashana Lynch responds to backlash after being cast as 007
Last Modified: Nov 6, 2020
British born actress Lashana Lynch, who is playing 007 in the 2021 film, “No Time to Die,” brushed off negative comments she received after her iconic role was announced.
The 32-year-old, who is of Jamaican descent, told Harper’s Bazaar UK that she realized the criticism would be the same if any other black actress had taken on the role of being the first female to play 007 in the James Bond film.
“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,” Lynch said. “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.”
She also revealed how she coped with the backlash- by staying off of social media for a week, meditating, and only seeing her family.
Lashana Lynch plays Nomi, who inherits the 007 title from James Bond in the upcoming film. In Captain Marvel, she had starred as a pilot and single mother Maria Rambeau.
“We’re moving away from toxic masculinity, and that’s happening because women are being open, demanding and vocal, and calling out misbehaviour as soon as we see it,” she said.
“It is an honor to be able to proudly fly our big Jamaican flag up in MI6 as a 00 agent.” added of her ground-breaking role.
Lashana Lynch’s birth took place on 27 November 1987 in Hammersmith, London, England. She was born as Lashana Rasheda Lynch to Jamaican parents. With her help from her grandmother, her single mother raised her alongside her two siblings...Full Bio