- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 7, 2019

Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas of “No Time to Die” say James Bond’s fans should expect a new kind of British spy — one slightly less capable — on the big screen in 2020.

The actresses recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about what it means to usher Bond into the #MeToo age, having a scriptwriter who will “take care of women onscreen” and helping the character “navigate” tough tasks.

“It’s pretty obvious that there is an evolution in the fact that Lashana is one of the main characters in the film and wears the pants — literally,” Ms. de Armas said for an interview published Wednesday. “I wear the gown.”

Ms. de Armas said she “squealed” with delight upon meeting script doctor Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

“I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, British girl just like me. She’s going to know how to actually take care of women onscreen,’ ” the actress said.

She said her character is incredibly smart and “helps Bond navigate through certain things that he wouldn’t be able to do alone.”

Ms. Lynch added that critics of the new direction will not “dishearten” her anytime soon.

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

“No Time to Die,” directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and starring Daniel Craig, is expected to premiere in U.S. theaters April 10, 2020.

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