Trina Parks who starred opposite Sean Connery as assassin Thumper in 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever” says the spy should never be played by a woman. Lashana Lynch is set to take on the role of the first-ever female 007 in the new James Bond movie, when her character takes over Daniel Craig’s suave spy alter-ego’s famous secret agent number after he leaves MI6 but Trina Parks – who starred opposite Sean Connery as assassin Thumper in 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever” – says Bond should only be a man.
Trina, 71, told the Daily Mirror: “Lashana is a great actress, but I don’t really agree with her becoming 007. It’s not about her colour – a black James Bond, sure. But as a man.
It’s just because Bond, the spy code named 007, was written by Ian Fleming as a man. Miss Bond doesn’t have the same ring to it.”It’s been a tremendous franchise since the 60s, and they’ve always been innovators not followers.
“They set a standard – that has remained a classic film with a man as Bond. That’s how I think it should stay. And Trina also praised the Bond franchise for its dedication to diversity.
She said: “The Bond franchise has gone out of the box with black actors and women of colour more than any other.
“In Hollywood, production executives were looking at women who were s-e-xually attractive to their social circles. But Bond has been ahead of the times to present a black actress in a major role.
“It’s commonplace to see ethnicity in all the Bonds – and of course Naomie Harris is Miss Moneypenny and Jeffrey Wright is Felix Leiter.
Meanwhile, the plot of “Bond 25” begins with a retired Bond in Jamaica, but due to a new worldwide crisis he is soon called back to help the Secret Intelligence Service – commonly known as MI6 – by Ralph Fiennes’ spymaster alter-ego M.
An insider previously explained: “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.
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