Once again there is a lot of buzz around Idris Elba playing Bond, I personally think he’s to old for the role and Henry Cavill would be a better choice BUT!!!! a lot of the conversation is around Idris skin tone
Idris is a fantastic actor and has the charm, charisma and physicality for the role, he is one of the best English actors around.
James Bond was written in the 50s/60s and there where social conventions in the time that would of made it impossible for James Bond to be Black but we are not in the 50s and the movies are not set in that time.
Ian Fleming was originally horrified at the choice of Sean Connery as Bond who he felt was to working class to carry of the role. But Connery’s performance defined how most of us see Bond. Most of the actors including Daniel Craig don’t look like how Bond is described in the book and if we are updating the story to modern times why not have a Bond that reflects modern times.
I’ve heard the ridiculous ” Would you have a white person play Martin Luther king ” argument!!!! Once again James Bond is a fictional character a closer parallel would be the fact that 98% of people who have played Captain Nemo are white when in the books he’s Indian descent but I haven’t seen Katie Hopkins make a fuss about that.
And boy have some people been making a fuss White Supremacist are losing their sh*t over this which kind of makes me hope they do cast him
If they do cast Idris an excellent English actor will be playing an iconic character, and young kids watching will see a Bond that is representative of our modern age and a face that could be their neighbour, friend or family a society where people of any colour can get to be the hero not just the side kick , wise sage or comic relief
I remember taking my son to watch his first Bond film, Casino Royale, he was blown away and loved it, world book day came along and he wanted to dress as Bond , me and my mum put together a little tux and bow tie combo and off he trotted, he came home and people had kept saying he must be Will Smith from MiB and can’t be Bond because he’s Black!!!! Hell if my kid wants to be Bond he can be Bond