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Lashana Lynch, who many MCU fans will recognize as Maria Rambeau from Captain Marvel, is reportedly taking over the iconic super spy role as 007. The James Bond character still exists in Daniel Craig, who will portray the part for the fifth time in the upcoming untitled Bond movie. 

But the role of the revered secret agent is going to Lynch, according to the Daily Mail. The title of 007 will be passed down from Craig's Bond to Lynch's Nomi in the 25th installment, and she will be the first woman or person of color to ever take on the significant role.

When the film was first announced, fans imagined Idris Elba in the iconic role as the next James Bond iteration; others, including Chris Hemsworth, thought it was high time a woman was given the part. While the part still exists for Daniel Craig, progress will be made by passing down the 007 codename to a woman of color.  

While Lashana Lynch was already confirmed to be a member of the cast, many assumed she'd be a Bond Girl, not a spy. 

Ralph Phinneas and Daniel Craig are returning to the franchise as M and James Bond, but there are plenty of new faces to the film. Rami Malek will play the film's main villain and promised to give the titular super-spy a tough time in the movie. "I promise you all I will be making sure Mr Bond doesn’t have an easy ride in this, his 25th outing," Malek said in a video. 

The women of the Bond universe include two love interests, newcomer Ana de Armas as Paloma and returning Bond Girl Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann. Of course, Lynch has also been confirmed among the cast as the new agent 007, Nomi. 

Lynch shared this behind-the-scenes video on the Bond 25 set in her Jamaican hometown.

Though the actor is from London, she is of Jamaican descent and has family in the area. She shared that it meant a lot to film in a place where she has so many roots. This clip features Lynch dancing and has the same eery vibe as the Bond predecessors, "A taste... #B25," she tweeted along with the short video. 

Marvel fans will recognize her as Captain Marvel's Earth bestie, Maria Rambeau. 

Fans loved the female friendship between Brie Larson and Lynch's characters and Maria's powerful single motherhood. The part was Lynch's real breakout moment, and she took it all in. Following the film's premiere she tweeted, "Last night was surreal and divine!!! Thank you to every soul involved in this movie and every soul I met last night! I celebrate every single one of you! Here’s to you!"

Even though there has still been no Jane Bond, this is major progress in the hyper-conservative world of espionage films. 

Fans rejoiced at the news that Lynch's character would be taking on the iconic codename, and be a legitimately empowered character as opposed to a mere love interest/sex symbol. Initial dream casting for the 25th movie had Idris Elba as the titular character, but Daniel Craig will reprise his role for the fifth time. 

"Tired: casting more white men in 007 roles. Wired: casting Idris Elba or another male actor of colour in 007 roles. Inspired: casting Lashana Lynch, a black female actor, as a 007#Bond25," one person tweeted. 

There is some confusion are the distinction between Bond and 007, but this hashtag clears it up. 

007 is a fictional codename for certain MI6 spies, and it has always been notoriously known as James Bond's codename. Now that he is about to retire on-screen, the numeric codename will be passed on to Lynch's entirely new character, so she's not technically a female James Bond. Some are speculating that this could open up the franchise to entirely women-based spy movies with Lynch at the helm. 

One person cleared up the confusion and shouted out Lynch for taking on the iconic role, "Not a Female Bond. Not a Black Bond. A Black Female 007. #NotHisNameHisTitle. Get it @lashanalynch."

A source told the Daily Mail that her part is revealed in a "popcorn-dropping moment." 

The addition of a black woman as the iconic spy is a great progressive step forward, and fans are already cheering her on. 

"There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says 'Come in 007', and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful, and a woman. 'It's a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he's been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman." an anonymous source told the Daily Mail

Lynch has been sharing plenty of behind-the-scenes content, but other than this anonymous source's reveal, the news hasn't been officially confirmed. 

Many reputable sources have all but confirmed the news, and it's most likely true. Pheobe Waller-Bridge from female-empowering shows such as Killing Eve and Fleabag is in charge of the script, so the gender-flipping moment wouldn't be totally out of the ordinary. 

Bond has always been an infamous ladies' man with powers of seduction, and it's frankly a tired storyline. According to the movie insider from the Daily Mail, Bond attempts to woo Lynch to little avail. The source also said that the franchise would no longer refer to the love interests in the Bond movies as Bond Girls, but as Bond Women.