- YEN has learned from 'The Guardian' that Rush Limbaugh indicated his disapproval of Idris Elba being lined up to one day play the role of ‘James Bond’ on the series.
- Limbaugh disapproval is based on the fact that Idris Elba is a black man.
- According to him, the ‘James Bond’ concept was created with the original intention that he was to be a white man from Scotland.
Well known for his role in HBO series, ‘The Wire’ and blockbuster movie, ‘Thor,’ Idris Akuna Elba is an accomplished English actor, producer, musician, and DJ.
The 45-year-old is award-winning actor who has garnered a lot of accolades for himself over the years.
Most importantly, he’s British.
There have been rumors that the London-born actor would one day play the role of ‘James Bond’ in the 007 British series.
Rush Limbaugh responded to these rumors on his syndicated US radio show, indicating his disapproval of Idris Elba for the role on the grounds that Elba is black.
He claimed that the Bond franchise was created by Ian Fleming with the original intention that James Bond was to be a white man from Scotland.
‘James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond is, was, … But now [they are] suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton, rather than a white from Scotland. But that’s not who James Bond is and I know it’s racist to probably point this out.’
He further argues that just as it would be inappropriate to cast a white man for the role of Mandela in a movie, so also it would be inappropriate to cast a black man for a role that was meant to be for a white.
Some however believe that Limbaugh’s argument is faulty because many of those who played the James Bond role in the past were not Scottish.
Roger Moore was English, Pierce Brosnan Irish, George Lazenby Australian, and Timothy Dalton was born in Wales to an English father and American mother.
What do you think about Idris Elba being cast as the next James Bond?
Source: The Guardian
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