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Lashana Lynch says Phoebe Waller-Bridge enhanced her ‘black feminine energy’ as first female 007

Bond star Lashana Lynch praises writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge for enhancing her ‘black feminine energy’ in first female 007 role

  • Lashana plays Nomi, the first Black female to take on the 007 title in a Bond film
  • She praised No Time To Die writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge for bringing ‘a lightness of touch’ to the script that ‘matched Black feminine energy’
  • The actress insists she and her family knew she would win the role of Nomi
  • The star praised her primary school and family for supporting her dreams


Lashana Lynch has praised No Time To Die writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge for  enhancing her ‘black feminine energy’ in the film.

The actress, 33, who plays the secret agent who takes on the 007 title while James Bond [Daniel Craig] is in exile, spoke to NET-A-PORTER’s digital title, PORTER after making history as the first black female to do so.

Lashana said: ‘[Waller-Bridge] brought a lightness of touch that really matched Black feminine energy. And I don’t quite know how she did that.

Movie magic: Lashana Lynch, 33, has praised No Time To Die writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge for enhancing her ‘black feminine energy’ in the film

‘When I read lines that were clearly from her, it all just made sense to the kind of upbringing that I imagined Nomi would have.’ 

Lashana became the first black female to take on the 007 role in the film after winning the role of Nomi in No Time To Die, and she insisted that she and her mother always knew the part would be hers.

She explained: ‘The howling that released from my mum’s mouth was like something I’ve never heard before. 

Intuition: The actress, who plays the secret agent who takes on the 007 title while Bond is in exile, making history as the first black female to do so, says she knew she'd get the part

Intuition: The actress, who plays the secret agent who takes on the 007 title while Bond is in exile, making history as the first black female to do so, says she knew she’d get the part

‘Like the biggest ‘Jesus!’ [She] screamed at the top of her lungs, but she also said, ‘I knew it’ and I said, ‘so did I’.’

The star grew up with a supportive family and she said she went to a primary school that taught her people of colour could do anything they set their minds to.

Lashana admitted she was shocked as she grew older and found ‘people who looked a certain way couldn’t do something’.

Ecstatic: She explained of her mother learning she'd won the role: 'The howling that released from my mum’s mouth was like something I’ve never heard before'

Ecstatic: She explained of her mother learning she’d won the role: ‘The howling that released from my mum’s mouth was like something I’ve never heard before’

Stars of the silver screen: Lashana stars alongside Daniel Craig in No Time To Die, with Daniel's appearance being his last in the role of James Bond

Stars of the silver screen: Lashana stars alongside Daniel Craig in No Time To Die, with Daniel’s appearance being his last in the role of James Bond

However, Lashana credits her close family members with helping her realise her dreams from an early age.

The screen star said her grandmother encouraged her to be whatever she wanted to be and told her mother that Lashana would ‘put bread on the table’.

She added that her Bond role came at the right moment, with her role as Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel prepared her ‘physically, mentally, even spiritually’ for 007. 

Speaking out: The star opened up about the moment to NET-A-PORTER’s digital title, PORTER, with the actress posing for a stunning photoshoot for the publication

Speaking out: The star opened up about the moment to NET-A-PORTER’s digital title, PORTER, with the actress posing for a stunning photoshoot for the publication

And Lashana had a hand in creating her 007, previously telling Rolling Stone: ‘I only really learned about her when me and Cary [Fukunaga, writer-director] started talking about her, so literally we created her together.

‘I had an idea, he had an idea and then Phoebe [Waller-Bridge, writer] had her ideas.

‘And as the script was being written, we kind of created this big melting pot of who she could be, what she represents in MI6, what kind of Black woman is she? Strong, whip-sharp, witty and brave, playful, very cheeky, very sarcastic and dry.’

To see the full interview with Lashana Lynch read PORTER and/or download the NET-A-PORTER app for iPhone, iPad and Android. 

Making history: Lashana says her Bond role came at the right moment, with her taking on the 007 name as the first Black female

Making history: Lashana says her Bond role came at the right moment, with her taking on the 007 name as the first Black female

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