James Bond star on how No Time To Die EMPOWERS female characters

James Bond (played by Daniel Craig) will no doubt have his work cut out for him in the upcoming film, No Time To Die. Not only will he be taking on a brand new villain – Safin (Rami Malek) – he has a lot to contend with. After being out of MI6 for some time, somebody has, naturally, taken his place as 007. In No Time To Die, the new 007 is supposedly newcomer Nomi (Lashana Lynch).

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Not a lot is known about Nomi just yet, but from the few trailers fans have received, the gun-toting spy is certainly not messing around.

There have been countless Bond Girls over the years, and while some of them have been quite formidable, Nomi looks like she is on another level.

Recently, Nomi star Lashana Lynch spoke out about her character, and how she is a breath of fresh air to the Bond franchise.

Speaking out about how her character breaks the status quo in Bond films a little, she explained: “I think with women’s current agency, [it’s] the way in which they view themselves and the way in which they portray themselves as being – with the women that I’ve been in contact with – completely authentic and completely knowing that they’re enough.”

She continued to tell Tech Radar that this way of thinking is present in each of the other characters in the film.

“You see that oozing through the characters in this,” she continued.

“Both the female characters that have [already] existed within the franchise, and the brand new ones like myself.

“You just have this whole sense of empowerment that is really important to feel when you’re going to work.”

She then added: “But also important to show younger generations coming up.”

Speaking directly about her character, Nomi, Lynch went on: “I knew who Nomi would be, because I had direct conversations with [executive producer] Barbara Broccoli and [director] Cary [Joji Fukunaga] about who they wanted her to be, but also who I wanted her to be.”

As well as this, Lynch continued by adding she spoke at length with writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge about the character, and indeed the film as a whole.

“And alongside that I spoke with our writers and Phoebe Waller-Bridge who has done wonderfully in collaborating with us,” Lynch said.

“And what I saw was a woman who had agency, who was powerful, who was committed, and who believed that she was the best person at MI6 [laughs].

“She’s a Black woman, she’s forward-thinking. She’s unique, and she has many unique selling points that carry her forward in her career.

“So when I saw her on the page, it was very beautifully written, and I didn’t feel like I had to add anything too crazy.

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“It was there for the taking, and I just did the best I could to fulfil what they’d already created.”

Fans are already fearful of losing Nomi, as Bond Girls don’t usually have a long lifespan in the franchise.

With fans eager to see the film in cinemas, the official James Bond Twitter account recently noted it would keep its release date in November.

Among the slew of recent delays in cinema releases, Bond is one of the final films coming out in 2020.

And most recently the account became defiant in its release date announcement, as it posted an image of Bond and Paloma (Ana de Armas) at a bar.

It captioned the image: “Dressed to kill. Bond and Paloma from #NoTimeToDie, in cinemas this November.”

Despite this, some fans feared the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with one replying: “For real though, please do a home release as your fans don’t seem to want to possibly die just to watch the movie in a theatre!”

No Time To Die is currently set for UK release on November 12, 2020.

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