Lashana Lynch on Possibly Playing the First Female James Bond: “It Could Be a Man or Woman”

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Lashana Lynch at the "Captain Marvel" Film Premiere in 2019. Photo by Rob Latour/Shutterstock (10138997at)

Lashana Lynch has opened up about possibly playing the first female 007 in the forthcoming James Bond film No Time to Die.

The actress plays Nomi, an M16 agent who’s rumored to inherit Bond’s number in the movie in which Daniel Craig gives his final performance as the spy in.

When speaking to The Guardian ahead of the film’s released next month, Lynch continued to deny speculation that she was taking over as Bond in future installments telling the outlet, “Nooo! You don’t want me!” before going on to say, “With Bond, it could be a man or woman. They could be white, black, Asian, mixed race. They could be young or old.”

Her comments come after speculation over who will take over Craig’s role with Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, and Tom Hiddleston among the possible candidates.

In regards to her character in the film, Lynch said, “I think they were just looking for someone who would be able to be a match for Bond. Who would be able to stand up and be vocal and forthright and strong and able to handle a weapon, able to handle herself and not someone who takes any crap from anybody at all. Then, as it unfolded, she became this quite complicated, free, open-minded vocal human being who brings a really nice twist to MI6.”

No Time to Die will be released on October 8.