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Lynch and Craig

KUALA LUMPUR: There has been no shortage of rumours and speculations about Bond 25, the upcoming installment in the 55-year-old James Bond franchise.

And the latest is that Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch will take over from Daniel Craig as the new Agent 007, making her “the first female Bond in history”.

Entertainment portal Vox reported yesterday that according to the British newspaper The Daily Mail, Craig’s Bond would go into retirement in Bond 25, and Lynch would acquire his iconic number in the British Secret Service.

Lynch, 31, had previously been confirmed as part of the cast and playing a character named Nomi.

However, she is not going to be a true replacement for the historically Caucasian male lead.

The Daily Mail reported that Craig, 51, would also remain a major part of the story — his Bond rapidly comes out of retirement in order to face off against Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek’s villainous character.

In other words, Lynch will not be the action hero of the film, and that title still belongs to Craig.

Craig has appeared in four Bond films, Casino Royale in 2006, Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).

He is the sixth actor to play Agent 007 after Sir Sean Connery, George Lazenby, the late Sir Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.

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