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Bond’s Lashana Lynch on representing ‘truthful black experience’ and going against toxic masculinity in No Time To Die


Caption: Lashana Lynch graces the December Harper’s Bazaar Cover

Lashana Lynch has opened up on her aim to present a truthful black experience in upcoming James Bond Film No Time To Die, while also feeling the delayed film is the right step towards gender equality.

It sounds like Lynch is helping to lead the charge on some important change in cinema here.

The Captain Marvel actress plays 00 agent Nomi in Daniel Craig’s final outing as the suited and booted spy and has shared her thoughts on where we’ll see the character take us, once the film finally lands in cinemas.

She told Harper’s Bazaar on how her role is a step in the right direction for equality: ‘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.’

The star added it was also important to represent a truthful black experience in the film, saying she didn’t want to waste the opportunity to bring black fans a relatable, authentic moment.

She said: ‘A character that is too slick, a cast-iron figure? That’s completely against what I stand for. I didn’t want to waste an opportunity when it came to what Nomi might represent.

Lashana graces the latest cover of Harpers (Picture: Harper’s Bazaar/Richard Phibbs)
The star has opened up about taking on a role in the James Bond franchise (Picture: Harper’s Bazaar/Richard Phibbs)
The Nomi actor wanted to bring a true black experience to the film (Picture: Harper’s Bazaar/Richard Phibbs)

‘I searched for at least one moment in the script where black audience members would nod their heads, tutting at the reality but glad to see their real life represented.

‘In every project I am part of, no matter the budget or genre, the black experience that I’m presenting needs to be 100% authentic.’

Lynch – who also spoke of the profound experience of making the film in Jamaica, where her parents are from – added: ‘As I have come more into myself, I have found ways to remain respectful of others but still true to myself.

‘If something felt misrepresented or inaccurate – for example, the dynamic between a mother and her child, or the way we might wrap our hair to sleep at night… I had to learn to speak up.

‘I’ve been cast to tell an authentic story, so that’s what I’m going to do.’

Her interview comes as audiences now wait for the release of No Time To Die, Daniel Craig’s final outing as the suited and booted 007 spy, which, following several delays from its original March release date, will now hit cinemas in April 2021.

The December issue of Harper’s Bazaar is on sale from November 5.


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