Bond 25: Lashana Lynch responds to backlash she'll play female 007 in No Time to Die.

Lashana Lynch has responded to the backlash over reports she’ll play a female version of 007 in new Bond outing No Time to Die.

According to reports, the British actor – best known for her role in Captain Marvel – will be introduced as the spy in a “pivotal” scene near the beginning of the film.

While Lynch didn’t confirm the reports, she called the backlash to the news “sad”.

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“It makes me feel quite sad for some people because their opinions, they’re not even from a mean place – they’re actually from a sad place,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

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Alien (1979)
Amadeus (1984)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Back to the Future (1985)

47 best movie closing lines

Alien (1979)

1/49 Alien (1979)

"This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off."

20th Century Fox

Amadeus (1984)

2/49 Amadeus (1984)

"Mediocrities everywhere, I absolve you! I absolve you! I absolve you! I absolve you! I absolve you all!"

Orion Pictures

Apocalypse Now (1979)

3/49 Apocalypse Now (1979)

"The horror, the horror."

United Artists

Back to the Future (1985)

4/49 Back to the Future (1985)

"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads!"

Universal Pictures

Barton Fink (1991)

5/49 Barton Fink (1991)

"You're beautiful. Are you in pictures?"

Universal Pictures

Before Sunset (2004)

6/49 Before Sunset (2004)

"Baby, you are gonna miss that plane."

Warner Independent Pictures

Blade Runner (1982)

7/49 Blade Runner (1982)

"It's too bad she won't live – but then again, who does?"

Warner Bros

Casablanca (1942)

8/49 Casablanca (1942)

"Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

Warner Bros Pictures

Clue (1985)

9/49 Clue (1985)

"They all did it. But, if you wanna know who killed Mr Boddy, I did. In the hall. With the revolver. Okay, Chief, take 'em away. I'm gonna go home and sleep with my wife."

Paramount Pictures

Crimes of Passion (1984)

10/49 Crimes of Passion (1984)

"I was scared s***less to come back here. I told Joanna, and she took me in her arms and she said, 'It's okay to be scared.' I felt stronger and freer and more like a man than I've ever felt before in my life. Then we f***ed our brains out."

Orion Pictures Corporation

The Dark Knight (2008)

11/49 The Dark Knight (2008)

"We will hunt him down because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A dark knight."

Warner Bros Pictures

Days of Heaven (1978)

12/49 Days of Heaven (1978)

"This girl, she didn't know where she was goin' or what she was gonna do. She didn't have no money on her. Maybe she'd meet up with a character. I was hopin' things would work out for her. She was a good friend of mine."

Paramount Pictures

Les Diaboliques (1955)

13/49 Les Diaboliques (1955)

"I saw her. I know I did."

Gala Film Dists

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982)

14/49 E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982)

"I'll be right here."

Universal Pictures

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

15/49 Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

"I said it before and I'll say it again: life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

Paramount Pictures

Fight Club (1999)

16/49 Fight Club (1999)

"You met me at a very strange time in my life."

20th Century Fox

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

17/49 Full Metal Jacket (1987)

"I'm in a world of s***, yes. But I am alive – and I am not afraid."

Columbia-Cannon-Warner

Gone with the Wind (1939)

18/49 Gone with the Wind (1939)

"I'll go home and I'll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day."

Loew's Inc

Gremlins (1984)

19/49 Gremlins (1984)

"So, if your air conditioner goes on the fritz or your washing machine blows up or your video recorder conks out, before you call the repairman, turn on all the lights, check all the closets and cupboards, look under all the beds, 'cause you never can tell – there just might be a gremlin in your house."

Warner Bros

Groundhog Day (1993)

20/49 Groundhog Day (1993)

"It's so beautiful – let's live here! We'll rent to start."

Columbia Pictures

Inglorious Basterds

21/49 Inglorious Basterds

"You know something, Utivich? I think this just might be my masterpiece."

It's a Wonderful Life

22/49 It's a Wonderful Life

"Look, daddy. Teacher says, 'Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.'"

"That's right. Attaboy, Clarence."

Jaws

23/49 Jaws

"I used to hate the water."

"I can't imagine why."

King Kong

24/49 King Kong

"Oh, no. It wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast."

The Lady of Shanghai

25/49 The Lady of Shanghai

"The only way to stay out of trouble is to grow old, so I guess I'll concentrate on that. Maybe I'll live so long that I'll forget her. Maybe I'll die trying."

The Lost Boys (1987)

26/49 The Lost Boys (1987)

"One thing about livin' in Santa Carla I never could stomach – all the damn vampires."

Warner Bros

Memento (2000)

27/49 Memento (2000)

"Now, where was I?"

Newmarket Films

Network (1976)

28/49 Network (1976)

"This was the story of Howard Beale, the first known instance of a man who was killed because he had lousy ratings."

United Artists

Planet of the Apes (1968)

29/49 Planet of the Apes (1968)

"You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"

20th Century Fox

The Prestige (2006)

30/49 The Prestige (2006)

"Now, you're looking for the secret. But you won't find it because, of course, you're not really looking. You don't really want to work it out. You want to be fooled."

Warner Bros

Psycho (1960)

31/49 Psycho (1960)

"I'm not even gonna swat that fly. I hope they are watching. They'll see. They'll see and they'll know and they'll say, 'Why, she wouldn't even harm a fly'."

Paramount Pictures

Raising Arizona (1987)

32/49 Raising Arizona (1987)

It seemed reaI. It seemed Iike us. And it seemed Iike, well, our home. If not Arizona, then a land not too far away, where all parents are strong and wise and capable, and all children are happy and beloved. I don't know. Maybe it was Utah."

20th Century Fox

The Ring (2002)

33/49 The Ring (2002)

"What about the person we show it to? What happens to them?"

DreamWorks Pictures

Road House (1989)

34/49 Road House (1989)

"A polar bear fell on me."

MGM/UA Communications Co

Road to Perdition (2002)

35/49 Road to Perdition (2002)

"When people ask me if Michael Sullivan was a good man, or if there was just no good in him at all, I always give the same answer. I just tell them he was my father."

20th Century Fox

Saw (2004)

36/49 Saw (2004)

"Most people are so ungrateful to be alive, but not you, not any more. Game over."

Lionsgate Films

Seven (1995)

37/49 Seven (1995)

"Ernest Hemingway once wrote, 'The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.' I agree with the second part."

New Line Cinema

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

38/49 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

"I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."

Orion Pictures

Some Like It Hot (1959)

39/49 Some Like It Hot (1959)

“I'm a man!”

"Well, nobody's perfect."

United Artists

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

40/49 The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

"Just keeping the British end up."

United Artists

Stand by Me (1986)

41/49 Stand by Me (1986)

“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?”

Columbia Pictures

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

42/49 Sunset Boulevard (1950)

"Alright Mr DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup."

Paramount Pictures

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

43/49 Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

"The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it for the first time with a sense of hope, because if a machine – a Terminator – can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too."

TriStar Pictures

Toy Story 3 (2010)

44/49 Toy Story 3 (2010)

"So long, partner."

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

True Romance (1993)

45/49 True Romance (1993)

"Sometimes Clarence asks me what I would have done if he had died, if that bullet had been two inches more to the left. To this, I always smile, as if I'm not gonna satisfy him with a response. But I always do. I tell him of how I would want to die, but that the anguish and the want of death would fade like the stars at dawn, and that things would be much as they are now. Perhaps. Except maybe I wouldn't have named our son Elvis."

Warner Bros

The Untouchables (1987)

46/49 The Untouchables (1987)

"They say they're gonna repeal Prohibition. What will you do then?"

"I think I'll have a drink."

Paramount Pictures

The Usual Suspects (1995)

47/49 The Usual Suspects (1995)

"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone."

Gramercy Pictures

White Heat (1939)

48/49 White Heat (1939)

“He finally got to the top of the world – and it blew right up in his face.”

Warner Bros

The Wizard of Oz

49/49 The Wizard of Oz

"Auntie Em, there's no place like home."

Loew's, Incorporated

Alien (1979)

1/49 Alien (1979)

"This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off."

20th Century Fox

Amadeus (1984)

2/49 Amadeus (1984)

"Mediocrities everywhere, I absolve you! I absolve you! I absolve you! I absolve you! I absolve you all!"

Orion Pictures

Apocalypse Now (1979)

3/49 Apocalypse Now (1979)

"The horror, the horror."

United Artists

Back to the Future (1985)

4/49 Back to the Future (1985)

"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads!"

Universal Pictures

Barton Fink (1991)

5/49 Barton Fink (1991)

"You're beautiful. Are you in pictures?"

Universal Pictures

Before Sunset (2004)

6/49 Before Sunset (2004)

"Baby, you are gonna miss that plane."

Warner Independent Pictures

Blade Runner (1982)

7/49 Blade Runner (1982)

"It's too bad she won't live – but then again, who does?"

Warner Bros

Casablanca (1942)

8/49 Casablanca (1942)

"Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

Warner Bros Pictures

Clue (1985)

9/49 Clue (1985)

"They all did it. But, if you wanna know who killed Mr Boddy, I did. In the hall. With the revolver. Okay, Chief, take 'em away. I'm gonna go home and sleep with my wife."

Paramount Pictures

Crimes of Passion (1984)

10/49 Crimes of Passion (1984)

"I was scared s***less to come back here. I told Joanna, and she took me in her arms and she said, 'It's okay to be scared.' I felt stronger and freer and more like a man than I've ever felt before in my life. Then we f***ed our brains out."

Orion Pictures Corporation

The Dark Knight (2008)

11/49 The Dark Knight (2008)

"We will hunt him down because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A dark knight."

Warner Bros Pictures

Days of Heaven (1978)

12/49 Days of Heaven (1978)

"This girl, she didn't know where she was goin' or what she was gonna do. She didn't have no money on her. Maybe she'd meet up with a character. I was hopin' things would work out for her. She was a good friend of mine."

Paramount Pictures

Les Diaboliques (1955)

13/49 Les Diaboliques (1955)

"I saw her. I know I did."

Gala Film Dists

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982)

14/49 E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982)

"I'll be right here."

Universal Pictures

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

15/49 Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

"I said it before and I'll say it again: life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

Paramount Pictures

Fight Club (1999)

16/49 Fight Club (1999)

"You met me at a very strange time in my life."

20th Century Fox

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

17/49 Full Metal Jacket (1987)

"I'm in a world of s***, yes. But I am alive – and I am not afraid."

Columbia-Cannon-Warner

Gone with the Wind (1939)

18/49 Gone with the Wind (1939)

"I'll go home and I'll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day."

Loew's Inc

Gremlins (1984)

19/49 Gremlins (1984)

"So, if your air conditioner goes on the fritz or your washing machine blows up or your video recorder conks out, before you call the repairman, turn on all the lights, check all the closets and cupboards, look under all the beds, 'cause you never can tell – there just might be a gremlin in your house."

Warner Bros

Groundhog Day (1993)

20/49 Groundhog Day (1993)

"It's so beautiful – let's live here! We'll rent to start."

Columbia Pictures

Inglorious Basterds

21/49 Inglorious Basterds

"You know something, Utivich? I think this just might be my masterpiece."

It's a Wonderful Life

22/49 It's a Wonderful Life

"Look, daddy. Teacher says, 'Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.'"

"That's right. Attaboy, Clarence."

Jaws

23/49 Jaws

"I used to hate the water."

"I can't imagine why."

King Kong

24/49 King Kong

"Oh, no. It wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast."

The Lady of Shanghai

25/49 The Lady of Shanghai

"The only way to stay out of trouble is to grow old, so I guess I'll concentrate on that. Maybe I'll live so long that I'll forget her. Maybe I'll die trying."

The Lost Boys (1987)

26/49 The Lost Boys (1987)

"One thing about livin' in Santa Carla I never could stomach – all the damn vampires."

Warner Bros

Memento (2000)

27/49 Memento (2000)

"Now, where was I?"

Newmarket Films

Network (1976)

28/49 Network (1976)

"This was the story of Howard Beale, the first known instance of a man who was killed because he had lousy ratings."

United Artists

Planet of the Apes (1968)

29/49 Planet of the Apes (1968)

"You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"

20th Century Fox

The Prestige (2006)

30/49 The Prestige (2006)

"Now, you're looking for the secret. But you won't find it because, of course, you're not really looking. You don't really want to work it out. You want to be fooled."

Warner Bros

Psycho (1960)

31/49 Psycho (1960)

"I'm not even gonna swat that fly. I hope they are watching. They'll see. They'll see and they'll know and they'll say, 'Why, she wouldn't even harm a fly'."

Paramount Pictures

Raising Arizona (1987)

32/49 Raising Arizona (1987)

It seemed reaI. It seemed Iike us. And it seemed Iike, well, our home. If not Arizona, then a land not too far away, where all parents are strong and wise and capable, and all children are happy and beloved. I don't know. Maybe it was Utah."

20th Century Fox

The Ring (2002)

33/49 The Ring (2002)

"What about the person we show it to? What happens to them?"

DreamWorks Pictures

Road House (1989)

34/49 Road House (1989)

"A polar bear fell on me."

MGM/UA Communications Co

Road to Perdition (2002)

35/49 Road to Perdition (2002)

"When people ask me if Michael Sullivan was a good man, or if there was just no good in him at all, I always give the same answer. I just tell them he was my father."

20th Century Fox

Saw (2004)

36/49 Saw (2004)

"Most people are so ungrateful to be alive, but not you, not any more. Game over."

Lionsgate Films

Seven (1995)

37/49 Seven (1995)

"Ernest Hemingway once wrote, 'The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.' I agree with the second part."

New Line Cinema

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

38/49 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

"I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."

Orion Pictures

Some Like It Hot (1959)

39/49 Some Like It Hot (1959)

“I'm a man!”

"Well, nobody's perfect."

United Artists

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

40/49 The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

"Just keeping the British end up."

United Artists

Stand by Me (1986)

41/49 Stand by Me (1986)

“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?”

Columbia Pictures

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

42/49 Sunset Boulevard (1950)

"Alright Mr DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup."

Paramount Pictures

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

43/49 Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

"The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it for the first time with a sense of hope, because if a machine – a Terminator – can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too."

TriStar Pictures

Toy Story 3 (2010)

44/49 Toy Story 3 (2010)

"So long, partner."

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

True Romance (1993)

45/49 True Romance (1993)

"Sometimes Clarence asks me what I would have done if he had died, if that bullet had been two inches more to the left. To this, I always smile, as if I'm not gonna satisfy him with a response. But I always do. I tell him of how I would want to die, but that the anguish and the want of death would fade like the stars at dawn, and that things would be much as they are now. Perhaps. Except maybe I wouldn't have named our son Elvis."

Warner Bros

The Untouchables (1987)

46/49 The Untouchables (1987)

"They say they're gonna repeal Prohibition. What will you do then?"

"I think I'll have a drink."

Paramount Pictures

The Usual Suspects (1995)

47/49 The Usual Suspects (1995)

"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone."

Gramercy Pictures

White Heat (1939)

48/49 White Heat (1939)

“He finally got to the top of the world – and it blew right up in his face.”

Warner Bros

The Wizard of Oz

49/49 The Wizard of Oz

"Auntie Em, there's no place like home."

Loew's, Incorporated

She added: “It’s not about me. People are reacting to an idea, which has nothing to do with my life.”

Lynch said the backlash doesn’t “dishearten” her.

No Time to Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and starring Daniel Craig, has been co-written by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

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It was revealed earlier this year that Christoph Waltz will reprise his role of Spectre character Blofeld after the actor was spotted on the film’s set in Pinewood Studios.

The film will also star Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw and Jeffrey Wright. It’ll be released on 3, April 2020.

Find a first look at Bond in action here.​

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