Normally, I try to steer well clear of this kind of Internet stupidity, but something about this particular "contrived outrage" got under my skin and I just couldn't let it lie.
Look, people, if you are going to get annoyed about something, at least get your facts right.
It's been announced that in the next James Bond film, Lashana Lynch will be playing 007.
Whatever the Internet crazies and conspiracy theorists think, she's NOT playing James Bond.
I wouldn't call myself a Bond expert (unlike my friend, Pete), but even I know that 007 is simply a code number, analogous to the numbers footballers wear on their shirts.
It was (famously) James Bond's number, but he's clearly resigned or been sacked from the British secret service for some reason, and his number has been reassigned.
The double O means the person has a "licence to kill", the number is simply an identifier for the secret service. Remember, in Octopussy, Bond is following up the murder of 009?
So, all the nonsense people are spouting about "what next, a transgender James Bond in a wheelchair?" is, of course, ill-informed ravings.
Lashana Lynch, Maria Rambeau from Captain Marvel, is playing a British agent who has taken over the code number previously used by James Bond.
It's actually a really clever narrative trick, because it emphasises how deep the rift between Bond and the secret service must be at the start of this new movie.
Although I wouldn't be at all surprised if, by the end of the film, he doesn't, somehow, get the 007 designation back.
If you're going to choose a hill to die on for your extreme views, at least do some research first and know the topic you're going to be outraged by.
As long as you've got your calm head on, it's not that difficult a concept to grasp: James Bond WAS 007, but 007 wasn't always James Bond. There was almost certainly a 007 before Bond (as I said, I'm not an expert on the franchise) and, eventually, there had to be a new 007 after Bond.
If you or I were highly trained British secret agents and there was a vacancy in that department, even we could be 007 ... if that was the next available code number.