This is a ploy, a gimmick to get people talking about the movie and going to see the movie. It is an ill-advised move for the franchise. Lynch could have been given another 00 agent number, but no, they had to go and pull this titanic blunder. James bond is synonymous with 007, 007 with James Bond. Ian Flemmings James Bond 007. To have someone else, black, white, man, women, play James Bond is travesty.
Now, yes, 00 agents are replaced when they did. We see that in Casino Royale when James Bond is granted 00 status and winds up with 007. There are 00 agents 002-009, and throughout the Bond movies the names change. For example, 002 has different names in Thunderball and The Livingday lights.
People will make the argument that once James Bond quits/retires he loses his 007 codename. This is wrong. On Her Majesty's Secret Service, bond quits, comes back as 007. License to Kill, Bond quits, even attacks M16 personnel, still gets called 007 by Q throughout the movie. Die Another Day, Bond is is captured, MIA, could even be KIA, comes back as 007 later in the movie. Skyfall, Bond dissapears into retirement, comes back as 007 with the line "007 reporting for duty".
The real reason a black woman takes Bond's codename is to appease a loud minority of people, fake social justice warriors, "woke people", triggered political correctness morons, people who think there is a gender for every day of the year, people who sexualize children and want to normalize pedophilia.
I can't wait until the Craig era is over, because its crashing down in flames. I pray we return to a classic Bond formual with a new Bond and these Craig reboots are forgotten in the future.
As a big Bond fan I agree...the series could use a shake up
I remember the good old days when Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, and Adam West all declined the role because they felt Bond must be British.
Did you see the screentest with James Brolin? Yuck!
Just took a look on YouTube...there are two, a fight scene and a scene with Maud Adams. Except for the he's not British part, I don't think they are so bad, what would have been bad is if Barbra Streisand was his Bond girl.