Lashana Lynch has spoken about how it feels to be the first female 00 agent in Bond history as a Black woman, as she ‘pushes the needle forward’ both in No Time To Die and in cinema.
Appearing on The One Show alongside new Bond villain Rami Malek, the co-stars chatted with hosts Alex Scott and Jermaine Jenas, with Lashana having the opportunity to tease a bit more about her character, Nomi.
As Jermaine Jenas congratulated the 33-year-old on ‘booking her place in Bond history’, the actress revealed that Nomi was ‘so overly confident and so suave, and ready to take over the world’.
On a more serious note, Lashana also spoke about the importance of Nomi in both No Time To Die and in general.
She explained: ‘As soon as she became a 00 agent, she was ready to put he stamp on what it means to be a black woman in MI6, to represent her community, much like I do in my own life, and to actually give people a run for their money.
‘To be vocal and opinionated and listened to and considered, and actually push the needle forward both as a character in cinema but also in the film.’
The Captain Marvel actress added: ‘She really challenges Bond to think in a way that he may not have thought like before.’
She also touched on the importance of her casting for her family, sharing that there had been a ‘lot of screaming’ when she shared the news.
‘I mean, I’m a working class Jamaican girl from West London, opportunities like this are once in a lifetime, so this felt like the best thing that could ever happen to my family.’
Revealing that her family were ‘so ecstatic and elated that something like this has happened in our lineage’, she continued: ‘Now we have a legacy that could live forever more – and my grandkids are going to be really happy to say this happened!’
Elsewhere, the Londoner shared that she had only needed to read her audition scene once with Daniel Craig to book the part and get a ‘we’re good’ from the team, which included producer Barbara Broccoli and director Cary Fukunaga.
‘To be there for the first time on stage, it felt like,’ he said, ‘Because I was one to one with Daniel himself, looking him in his beautiful piercing blue eyes – it’s arresting and it’s powerful, and there are moments where it’s even difficult just to get your words because you’re looking at 007. There’s a very fine gap between Daniel and Bond.’
The One Show is on weeknights at 7pm on BBC One. No Time To Die is released in UK cinemas on Friday September 30.