Bond 25 May Introduce a Female 007, Christoph Waltz Will Return


With production currently underway on Bond 25, fans have been desperate for any new details they can glean about the upcoming Cary Joji Fukunaga film. It is widely believed that this will be Daniel Craig’s final film as 007 and his recent on-set ankle injury only seems to hammer that point home. Although there has been plenty of speculation about a possible replacement over the past few years, I don’t think many suspected that a new 007 would actually be introduced in this next movie. This week, however, we are hearing that this might actually be the case. In addition, it seems that a classic Bond villain will be making a return in some form. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

According to The Daily Mail, Bond 25 will feature a black female agent who takes over the 007 handle after Bond retires from MI6. The new agent is played by Lashana Lynch, who previously starred as Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel. It is still unclear if her character is being planned as a permanent successor for the franchise but it is hard to see the move as anything more than progressive lip service if she is not. It should be stressed that this is still just a rumour, but credit is being given to Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), who was hired to do a rewrite on the script.

In other news, we are hearing Christoph Waltz will be returning to play Blofeld in the next movie after being introduced in Spectre. He was supposedly spotted on set last week and Variety has since confirmed the news. Rami Malek was cast as the main villain of the movie, but it is unknown if he will have any connection to Blofeld and Spectre. Bond 25 hits theatres on April 8th, 2020. What do you think about this latest news?

  • Jake

    Queue all the online petitions lol.

    It makes sense I guess for the story. If Bond has left MI6 there would need to still be someone doing all the 007 work. But I have a hard time believing that they are planning on having future movies not have the James Bond character.

  • Rolf

    I don’t think there will be a female Bond. ‘James Bond’ is the brand … tough to create a female character with that very name. It’ll probably be more of a spin-off (Jane Bond anybody?) depending on how much Lynch is liked by the fans.

  • GollyGee

    This seems like a very incel, very dumb, unconfirmed rumour. Also, given the age and conservative approach to the series from the producers who said yes to Bond bedding a literal sex slave and then having her executed with a glass of whiskey balanced on her head seven short years ago, this seems an unlikely move. On the other hand, considering the rise of populism and authoritarian leaders, I would love to see this “progressive lip service” happen in such a old, dumb, conservative franchise – box office from the olds be damned! Also, maybe a gay character in a Bond movie that is on the good side. #progressivelipservice

  • 1138sw

    I’m all for female action characters, in fact bring them on! But a Jane Bond is not James Bond…keep James and make more female agents that would be cool.

    The new 007 is just a place holder for the storyline. At least that’s my take…until they find the next Bond.

  • Don’t get all the hoopla around this. It’s basically meaningless if she is 007 or 004 or 008, she simply is another 00-agent (sort of reminiscent of Naomie Harris in Skyfall) that takes over Bond’s moniker once he retired. It’s not like the MI6 is a NBA franchise that retires agent code names once they drop out. There were 007’s before Bond and there will be ones after him. Most likely Lynch will die during this film (or gets reassigned to cook coffee like Harris at the end of Skyfall).

    Despite not liking Spectre I do appreciate Waltz reprising his Blofeld. This might be a Silence of the Lambs scenario, where he helps Bond to take down Malek only to use this as a scheme to escape. If they pitch him against Lynch’s 007 it would even increase the analogy (with Craig as a Graham stand-in who captured him only for a younger female agent to get bamboozled).

  • Rolf

    MANHUNTER Bond. That would be actually pretty awesome!

  • Lior

    The Bond franchise is perhaps the trickiest to keep juggling in this new politically correct, gender-awareness world. I love Bond, but he’s a relic of a bygone era. We’ll always have the old movies to enjoy.

    Bond is essentially the last bastion of traditional masculinity left in pop culture. When Craig started playing the role in 2005, his Bond was tough but already more vulnerable (and I love Casino Royale). But the Craig films show a more personal Bond, less of a “jobber”. I think Skyfall was the first time we actually saw his apartment? We are getting more intimate with the character.
    Where can it go from here? We can’t go back. But going forward too much will change the DNA of the character to the degree where it’s no longer the character.
    It remains to be seen, I guess.

  • Rolf

    I want a Bond movie taking place in the 60s. MAN FROM UNCLE was fun and I’m sure with a bigger Budget there can be an awesome Bond-Movie. No cellphones and dudes in front of monitors… but… I musht be dreaming… this will never happen I’m afraid.

  • Lior

    Even if it happens, most likely it will be a one off. However, X Men series did pretty good with the switch to period stuff, and First Class was kind of Bondish…

  • Seriously, my eyes are already tired from rolling. Instead of gender swapping established archetypal male figures in film why not create more dynamic original female roles? It comes off to me as either unoriginal or as a snub against male identity. Female protagonists are awesome when done right like Sigourney Weaver in Aliens or Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs but this is ridiculous. I apologize if I triggered people, but that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.

  • Lior

    Well, Barbara Broccoli seems to agree with you, unless she changed her mind since this interview.

  • Mister Quigley Jr.

    If they filmed the rumored scenes, would it still just be lip service? #editorializing

  • Sean

    I’m just saying that after all the pressure to do something new with the character, if they just throw in a black female spy that is called 007 but is not actually the new face of the franchise, that feels a bit weak to me. If she is actually the new star of the show moving forward then I’ll be impressed. But I agree with a lot of the other comments here that they are in a tough position. You can only change so much before it’s not Bond anymore and I don’t know what the solution is.

  • Lori Cerny

    Remember when there was controversy over James Bond being (gasp) blonde?

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  • Dirk Gently

    If Emily Blunt couldn’t be the perfect female 007, i dare anyone to suggest someone better!