With director Cary Joji Fukunaga’s No Time to Die now playing around the world and opening in North America this Friday, I recently got to speak with Daniel Craig and Lashana Lynch about making the highly anticipated James Bond movie. Written by Fukunaga alongside Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Craig’s final Bond movie picks up with James Bond having left active service. Of course, his peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain (Rami Malek) armed with dangerous new technology. No Time to Die sees the return of Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q), Naomie Harris (Miss Moneypenny), Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Christoph Waltz (Blofeld) and Rory Kinnear (Tanner). Joining them will be franchise newcomers Lashana Lynch (who plays the new 007), David Dencik, Billy Magnussen, and Ana de Armas.
During the interview, Daniel Craig and Lashana Lynch talked about what people would be surprised to learn about the making of a James Bond movie, how they blew up the Bond stage, why they strive to make these movies as realistic as possible, which of Lynch’s friends and family were most excited when she landed this role, and more. In addition, since Lynch plays 007 and Craig used to be 007, I asked which of them is the better 007.
Lashana Rasheda Lynch (born 27 November 1987) is a British actress. She is best known for playing the role of Rosaline Capulet in the ABC period drama series Still Star-Crossed (2017) and fighter pilot Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel (2019).Lynch made headlines for her role as Nomi in the 2021 film No Time to Die Lynch is of Jamaican descent and was born in Hammersmith, London. She attended ArtsEd drama school in London.
Lynch made her film debut in the 2012 drama film Fast Girls.She later co-starred in the BBC television film The 7.39. On television, she has appeared in Silent Witness and Death in Paradise, and was a regular cast member on the short-lived BBC comedy Crims in 2015.
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Also in 2015, she starred opposite Lenny Henry in the title role of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Educating Rita by Willy Russell, which played in the Minerva Theatre from 18 June to 25 July. The Guardian’s review described her as “dazzlingly fresh”.
In 2016, Lynch was cast as leading character Rosaline Capulet in the American period drama series Still Star-Crossed, produced by Shonda Rhimes. In 2018, she joined the cast of the pilot episode of Y as Agent 355, but was replaced by Ashley Romans in the main series.
In 2019, she played fighter pilot Maria Rambeau in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Captain Marvel.
In 2021, Lynch played Nomi, the new 007 agent, alongside Daniel Craig as the retired 007 agent James Bond, in the James Bond film franchise entry No Time to Die; the change to a woman holding the 007 designation in the franchise drew international headlines