*Trina Parks, 72, made history as the first black James Bond girl appearing in “Diamonds Are Forever” as assassin Thumper alongside Sean Connery in 1971. Now she’s speaking out against actress Lashana Lynch, who will take over the 007 code name in the next movie, which is currently being shot in Italy and the UK
Parks says she is against a woman playing the iconic Bond character, telling DailyMailTV:
“Lashana is a great actress, but I don’t really agree with her becoming 007. It is not about her color, but just because Bond, the spy code-named 007, was written by Ian Fleming as a man.”
She continued: “So a black James Bond sure, I don’t see why that could not be a move, but as a man. Miss Bond doesn’t have the same ring to it.
“I think that there are lots of movies already where you have a woman taking center stage, defeating men – and I like that.
“But I don’t feel that the James Bond franchise has to go there.”
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Parks feels that the franchise should stick to the format that made it famous.
“They set a standard that has remained a classic film with a man as Bond – and that is how I think it should stay,” she added.
Parks says the Bond franchise has continued to be a trailblazer for diversity, and she credits Bond boss Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli for making this possible.
‘The Bond franchise has gone out of the box with black actors and women of color more than any other franchise,’ she said.
“In Hollywood, production executives were looking at women who were sexually attractive to their societal circles. Cubby was one of only a few who saw beyond that – and they could see black actresses as character actresses,” said.
“Back then most producers just had this tunnel vision casting of hiring the same looking women. But in England people were more open to age, ethnicity and color.
“Other cultures too were included in their stories. People forget Bond married a Japanese woman in You Only Live Twice and then had me as the first black woman in the franchise in 1971.
“Now it is commonplace to see ethnicity in all the Bonds.”
“The Bond movies really did pave the way for the millions of people who watched the films at movie theaters or on TV to see a kaleidoscope of faces, different to their own. And over time these films do make a difference.”