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Private Eye Has Absolutely Nailed The Thorny Question Of Whether Idris Elba Can Be James Bond

Short answer: Yes, he can.

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As you know, last year a Sony email hack revealed that actor Idris Elba was under consideration to star as the next James Bond.

Cue outrage.
The Associated Press

Cue outrage.

Well, now this spoof letter to the editor of the Telegraph appears in this week's Private Eye.


SIR – Recent weeks have seen speculation that the actor Idris Elba might be selected to play the next James Bond. As various commentators have correctly pointed out, it is simply ridiculous to suggest that James Bond could be played by a black man. In Fleming's books it is quite clear that Bond is Scottish milkman called Sean (Rough Diamonds Are Forever, p94).

To recast Bond as a member of an ethnic minority is quite simply unrealistic and I suggest the producers forget about such fanciful politically correct gimmicks and return to the stark realism of the early Bond films, in which Bond nearly has his genitals cut off by a laser, or turns a car into a plane, or goes to space, or uses an ejector seat to throw villains from his Aston Martin, or defuses a nuclear bomb in thirty seconds, or has an invisible car, or arrives on a beach with a tuxedo on under his wetsuit, or defeats an entire base of heavily armed men, armed with nothing more than a pencil.

To turn Bond into a black man completely defeats the hard work the filmmakers have done to make him a plausible, nuanced and three dimensional character.

Sir Herbert Gusset

The Old Asylum



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Reminder: Here is Mr Elba's take on the situation.

Isn't 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I've got a shot! Happy New year people.

Idris Elba@idriselbaFollow

Isn't 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I've got a shot! Happy New year people.

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