Idris Elba 'disheartened' over Bond casting backlash because of 'the color of my skin'


Idris Elba would become 007 if he was asked to take over after Daniel Craig. USA TODAY

Idris Elba isn’t necessarily trying to become the next James Bond – that we know of. (It is a spy role, after all, so would we?)

But he’s ‘disheartened’ some people don’t think he can do the job because he’s black. 

“You just get disheartened when you get people from a generational point of view going, ‘It can’t be.’ And it really turns out to be the color of my skin,” the “Luther” actor, 46, says in the August Vanity Fair. “And then if I get it and it didn’t work, or it did work, would it be because of the color of my skin? That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to.”

Still, you just don’t say no to 007.

“James Bond is a hugely coveted, iconic, beloved character, that takes audiences on this massive escapism journey,” Elba says. “Of course, if someone said to me, ‘Do you want to play James Bond?,’ I’d be like, ‘Yeah!’ That’s fascinating to me. But it’s not something I’ve expressed, like, ‘Yeah, I wanna be the black James Bond.’”

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