Hot Idris Elba Says: “I’d Play James Bond, BUT –“

October 1, 2011  |  

Idris Elba — hunky British actor known for his fascinating leading roles — is heating up the web today for stating that he would be happy to play James Bond in the next version of the film. But he has ONE major condition.

The Hot star of the BBC series “Luther” told CNN:

I would do it, but I don’t want to be called the first black James Bond. [Emphasis ours.] Do you understand what I ‘m saying? Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond. So if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.”

As Elba goes on to explain, he didn’t come to the States “to play black roles. I just came to play roles.”

That is an interesting stipulation to make — but good luck with that Idris. Just like President Obama being the first black president of the United States NO MATTER WHAT, that is how he will be seen if he lands this iconic gig.

There has been similar talk of Beyonce playing Wonder Woman if that movie idea ever makes it to the big screen. These are both very interesting casting concepts, which would certainly breathe new life into old cultural institutions. But, I wonder if the mainstream is ready for blacks to portray heroic images typically enacted by white actors, or if there might be a negative reaction.

Recently when Marvel Comics made Spiderman a black and Latino bi-racial youth, some reactions were not pretty. And this was just for the comic book.

I personally believe younger audiences are ready for a black James Bond, a creole Wonder Woman, and an Asian Superman. What do you think Madame Noire lovlies? Leave your comments below!

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  • Dannie1526

    I’m sure I won’t b able to blink watching him !!!may need eye surgery after the movie ends lol;)

  • chanel

    why don't we make our own iconic characters instead of remaking characters created by another group of people…blacks are talented in so many areas, we need to start expanding our imagination and writing our own things and developing our own ideas instead of chasing after the characters created by and for whites

  • ShawnieRiver

    I don't think people understand what I.E. is saying. He's not taking anything away from his ethnicity, he simply wants people to recognize his TALENT before then focus on his COLOR. I get it. None of the other gentlemen who've played J.B. were given titles and he doesn't want to be singled out for his LOOK either. They have all been FINE men and lord knows Idris fits THAT description. 🙂

  • jjac401

    I would love to see Idris play James Bond! I sure hope it happens.

    It would be cool if Beyonce played Wonder Woman, one of these days. But it can wait for a while. We need a good long break from Bey. She doesn't let folks miss her even a little bit.

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  • guest

    …sounds like Mr.Elba wants to appeal to a broader audience, i.e. non-black women…

  • Kayla

    idgaf, if i can see him i his underwear like i did in takers then im good.

  • What You Say?

    Guess who's coming to dinner?

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  • Um as long as they pay me they could whatever.

  • Andate

    An Asian Superman? Bring it on! It's time that kids watching these movies can see themselves in their heroes. Not just white kids, but the other 80% of kids in the world too.

  • Cheeeeeeese!

    Start writing it, brotha…wit'cha fine self…

  • IllyPhilly

    It's inevitable, but hey live with it. It's better than others words