The next James Bond movie is taking a whole new approach to the traditional “Bond” woman.
Stars Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about modernizing the classic series tropes in the upcoming “No Time to Die”.
“It’s pretty obvious that there is an evolution in the fact that Lashana is one of the main characters in the film and wears the pants — literally. I wear the gown. She wears the pants,” de Armas pointed out.
“Everyone was really responsive to having her be what I wanted,” said Lynch of the creative process behind the character. “You’re given a fresh perspective on a brand-new black woman in the Bond world.”
De Armas wanted to see her character given a boost as well when compared to previous portrayals of Bond women.
“[The women] have been sexualized before, a stereotype, a kind of woman who will always be in danger and waiting to be rescued by Bond,” she explained.
Lynch also talked about how she envisioned her own character, who is rumoured to have picked up the 007 designation at the start of the film, thanks to Daniel Craig’s Bond having retired.
“I didn’t want someone who was slick,” she said. “I wanted someone who was rough around the edges and who has a past and a history and has issues with her weight and maybe questions what’s going on with her boyfriend.”
The actress even discussed including some details never seen before for a female character in the franchise.
“We had one conversation about her maybe being on her period in one scene, and maybe at the beginning of the scene — and I spoke to [director Cary Fukunaga] about this — throwing her tampon in the thing,” she said.
“No Time to Die” hits movie theatres April 8, 2020.