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No Time To Die’s Lashana Lynch insists her character will be ‘authentic’ to black people

No Time To Die star Lashana Lynch has insisted her character in the upcoming film will be ‘authentic’ to experiences faced by black people.

The actress, 32, who plays female 00 agent Nomi in the 25th Bond movie, revealed she ‘searched for moments in the script where they’d be glad to see their lives represented’ as she detailed her portrayal in the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

Alongside the publication’s accompanying high-fashion shoot, the thespian said she sees her role as a step in the right direction for gender equality as she claimed the industry is ‘moving away from toxic masculinity’. 

‘I searched for moments where they’d be glad to see their life represented’: Lashana Lynch has insisted her character in No Time To Die will be ‘authentic’ to realities faced by black people

The Hammersmith native, who will star in the franchise with fellow actresses Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, touched on mirroring the ‘black experience’ on camera.

Brotherhood star Lashana explained: ‘A character that is too slick, a cast-iron figure? That’s completely against what I stand for. I didn’t want to waste an opportunity when it came to what Nomi might represent. 

‘I searched for at least one moment in the script where Black audience members would nod their heads, tutting at the reality but glad to see their real life represented. 

Candid: The actress, 32, revealed she 'searched for moments in the script where they'd be glad to see their life represented' as she detailed her portrayal in Harper's Bazaar

Candid: The actress, 32, revealed she ‘searched for moments in the script where they’d be glad to see their life represented’ as she detailed her portrayal in Harper’s Bazaar

Exciting times ahead: The thespian will female 00 agent Nomi (pictured) in the 25th Bond movie, set for release next April

Exciting times ahead: The thespian will female 00 agent Nomi (pictured) in the 25th Bond movie, set for release next April 

‘In every project I am part of, no matter the budget or genre, the Black experience that I’m presenting needs to be 100 per cent authentic.’

It was previously suggested that the Captain Marvel actress, who is of Jamaican heritage, will take over the role as 007 from Daniel Craig following his last outing – a report which faced criticism.

However, sources claimed she’s not the new Bond, but instead a new character who takes over his secret agent number after he leaves MI6.   

'We're moving from toxic masculinity': The TV star said her role is a step in the right direction for equality (pictured with Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris)

‘We’re moving from toxic masculinity’: The TV star said her role is a step in the right direction for equality (pictured with Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris)

On a shift in gender representations, the TV and film star said: ‘We’re moving away from toxic masculinity, and that’s happening because women are being open, demanding and vocal, and calling out misbehaviour as soon as we see it.

‘As I have come more into myself, I have found ways to remain respectful of others but still true to myself. 

Available soon: Read the full interview in the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar, out from Thursday

Available soon: Read the full interview in the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar, out from Thursday

‘If something felt misrepresented or inaccurate – for example, the dynamic between a mother and her child, or the way we might wrap our hair to sleep at night… I had to learn to speak up. I’ve been cast to tell an authentic story, so that’s what I’m going to do.’ 

Lashana also expressed her delight at shooting scenes in her parents’ homeland of Jamaica for the film. 

The Bulletproof star shared: ‘[It has given me] a deeper understanding of what I’ve chosen to do, of the people I do it for. 

‘Understanding the privileges as a British-born Jamaican that my parents and grandparents gave to me because they came to England. In a way, it serves as a ”thank you” to them for making the sacrifice.’ 

Meanwhile, it’s been reported that Tom Hardy is set to become the next James Bond after Daniel’s outing in the forthcoming flick, set for release in April next year. 

Original 007 star Sir Sean Connery – who fronted a total of seven films between 1962 and 1983 – passed away on Saturday aged 90 after a battle with dementia.

Next up? Meanwhile, it's been reported that Tom Hardy (pictured) is set to become the next James Bond after Daniel's outing in the forthcoming flick

Next up? Meanwhile, it’s been reported that Tom Hardy (pictured) is set to become the next James Bond after Daniel’s outing in the forthcoming flick


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