He knows many of you want this to happen so bad, but do not expect to see Idris Elba as the Black Bond. As a matter of fact, don’t even use the term “Black Bond” when it comes to the idea of a black man playing the role.
“I’ve always detested the phrase ‘Black Bond.’ I just don’t understand it,” Elba told Kate Garraway on ITV’s Lorraine, a British show.
“We don’t say ‘White Bond’, we just say “Bond” so it suddenly becomes a black man and he’s a “Black Bond” so I hate that phrase and it’s a rumour that’s gotten out of control basically but that’s all it is. There’s no truth in it whatsoever.”
The crazy thing is that according to The Daily Mail this all gogt started when Elba’s Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom co-star Naomie Harris said that she’d like to see him play the role of James Bond. Harris, who was in the last “Bond” film Skyfall alongside current “Bond” Daniel Craig, says her opinion spiraled into some mixed up “fact” and “now, nearly every time he does an interview, he gets asked about it.”
You know, I can definitely understand Idris Elba’s opinion about he, or any other black actor” being referred tot as the “Black Bond.” However, seeing as though there’s never been a black man to play the role, it goes without saying that it would be something that is a primary focus. That’s kind of what happens when you become the first – or are just being considered for the role – of something.
In the meantime,if you see him in the street, don’t shout out, “Hey Driis, what’s up with you being the next Bond?” I mean, just leave it all alone and instead, just envision what he’d look like in one of those nice tailor made Bond suits (you know Idris can wear a suit like nobody’s business).