Roger Moore Says Idris Elba Isn’t English Enough To Play James Bond
Even though both public opinion and hacked Sony e-mails all put Idris Elba in the top spot to have his martini shaken, not stirred after Daniel Craig ends his stint as James Bond, it looks like everyone isn’t all that excited about the prospect of a Black Bond.
Former Bond star Roger Moore recently sat for an interview with a French Magazine where he questioned the English-ness of the movie star and even insinuated that a Black man taking over the role would be “interesting” but still quite a stretch. Via MailOnline:
“A few years ago, I said that [black actor] Cuba Gooding Jnr would make an excellent Bond, but it was a joke!’ replies Sir Roger, 87, who starred in seven Bond movies between 1973 and 1985.
“Although James may have been played by a Scot, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he should be “English-English”,” he continues.
“Nevertheless, it’s an interesting idea, but unrealistic.”
So…Scottish, Welsh, and Irish white men are a-okay…but when a Black Brit, born and raised in East End London, is up for the role, suddenly he somehow isn’t “English” enough?
Naturally, after facing intense internet backlash against his racist remarks (and constant reminders that he himself was one of the worst Bond players in the Franchise), Roger Moore took to Twitter himself to insist that he didn’t mean to sound like the crusty old racist he obviously is:
But somehow, he still can’t clarify “what he really meant” by questioning Idris’ Englishness. Sounds like the TRUE meaning of what he said translated pretty well to us…otherwise why drag Cuba Gooding Jr.’s name into this?