Guest Postcasting on St Paul Filmcast – Fave movies we saw in 2019 so far + Female 007 news

Hello everyone!

I thought as we start the new week, I’m doing something different. Yesterday I was guest podcasting at St Paul Filmcast, an awesome & prolific Twin Cities-based entertainment podcast that talks about movies and interviews various filmmakers. I’m privileged that podcaster/graphic novelist Nick Palodichuk invited me to talk about some of my favorite movies we saw in 2019.

Take a listen by clicking the logo below:

At the beginning of each episode, there’s a spot for dedication… I’m dedicating this podcast episode to all my wonderful BLOG CONTRIBUTORS: Laura S., Holly P., Ted S., Vitali G., Vince C. and most recently Andy S. Thank you guys!!

Here’s a sampling of some of the films I talked about in the episode…

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I’ll be seeing Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD on Wednesday, so look for my review by this weekend!


Before the episode ended I also got to talk about the recent exciting news that BOND 25 will be introducing a female 007!

I had already talked about some of the things revealed in Bond 25 reveal last April where they introduced Lashana Lynch as one of the new cast members, along with Ana de Armas and Rami Malek. Well, now we know just who she’ll be playing!

In case you haven’t heard, per Esquire UK

“The 25th film opens with Bond (Daniel Craig), retired in Jamaica, being called back to action to fight a new villain. 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.”

Now, it’s entirely possible that the fact that Phoebe Waller-Bridge is one of the Bond 25 screenwriters has something to do with this. After all, she is the creator of the hit series Killing Eve where Sandra Oh who’s a woman of Korean descent plays an MI5 agent. Now, to those who are up in arms over this [puh-leeze], 007 is just a spy code name. Yes, there is only going to be one James Bond (and will likely always be portrayed by a white male), but anyone could be assigned to be a 007. I really think this is a step in the right direction for the 57-year-old franchise, while still maintaining status quo.

Now, as for the casting of Lashana Lynch, I’m glad they went with a British-Jamaican actress, as is Naomie Harris who plays Moneypenny. It totally make sense the fact that some parts of the film takes place in Jamaica, a key location for the Bond franchise as the place the franchise was created by Ian Fleming. So they’re going back to their roots, so to speak. Despite all the behind-the-scenes and on-set dramas surround this movie, I’m now even more excited to see what director Cary Joji Fukunaga would do with Bond 25!


So tell me what’s your favorite movie(s) you’ve seen so far? And what do YOU think of the female 007 news?

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10 thoughts on “Guest Postcasting on St Paul Filmcast – Fave movies we saw in 2019 so far + Female 007 news

  1. The best film of 2019 that I’ve seen so far isAvengers: Endgame but that’s only because I haven’t gone out in the past few weeks. A female James Bond? Uh… I don’t know… I wouldn’t mind seeing a female 007 but not as James Bond.

    1. She’s NOT a female James Bond, I think I made that clear. She’s a female 007, an MI5 agent. As I mentioned, there is only going to be one James Bond (and will likely always be portrayed by a white male), but ANYONE could be assigned to be a 007.

        1. Yeah me too! Idris would’ve KILLED IT as Bond, but unfortunately it isn’t gonna happen. But hey, I kind of want to see Idris playing HIS OWN iconic British spy anyway. Someone ought to make that!

  2. Thanks for the shout out Ruth! Best film so far this year? I can’t think of one, hopefully when I go see ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, I can finally say I just saw one of the best film this year.

    You know I don’t buy this news about the new James Bond being played Lashana Lynch. Until it’s being confirmed by the Bond producers and the studio, this is just another long line of BS news about Bond. To be honest, I think this “news” was probably put out there to keep people talking about it instead of the trouble behind scenes of the current film. I don’t have any issues with a female Bond but I still don’t believe they’re going to risk this billion dollars franchise on casting a female the lead yet. If true, great I’m all in!

    1. Oh boy, I really think people just don’t read LOL. Nobody is saying she will be the female JAMES BOND. She is the first female 007!! HUGE DIFFERENCE. She is an MI5 agent, and 007 is just a code name assigned to her as Bond is in retirement in the beginning of the film. My feeling is that she will have a scene where she is introduced as 007 while Bond is still away, but of course Bond played by Daniel Craig will return and she probably would be another agent, and might get assigned a different number. In any case, if Bond is not around to occupy his agent code name, then who’s to say that MI5 wouldn’t assign it to a woman if she is capable?? No I don’t think the Broccolis & the Bond investors are open-minded enough to have a Female BOND movie, not in my lifetime anyway, but a female 007 IS a step in the right direction while still maintaining status quo.

      1. You’re right, I didn’t pay attention to any of the articles when this “news” went online a few days ago, I just chalk it up as the usual Bond news. Lol. I’m curious though if she’s not playing Bond, are they going to do like a spinoff base on her character? I mean there’s been talk of spinoffs of this franchise for many years, the closest one came when they’re thinking of making a film base on Halle Berry’s character from Die Another Day.

  3. The Farewell is a new film I hope to see soon. Thanks for the heads-up!

    I’m fine with a female “00” agent in a Bond movie. It has (kind of) already been done when Bond teamed up with Russian agent XXX(Barbara Bach) or CIA agent Holly Goodhead. Maybe this time the female agent will be less reliant on Bond.

    1. Hey Chris! I LOVE The Farewell, definitely lives up to the hype more than QT’s new movie, ahah.

      Yeah, ppl are acting as if they’ve NEVER made a woman as a ’00’ but I guess the fact that she occupies Bond’s spy number AND she’s Black then people are all upset, that speaks volumes to their prejudice doesn’t it? But yeah, I think it’s time they give women more to do in these Bond films!

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