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Idris Elba Responds to Rush Limbaugh's Racial James Bond Comments

Idris Elba Responds to Rush Limbaugh's Racial James Bond Comments

Idris Elba took to Twitter to respond to Rush Limbaugh‘s controversial and racial comments about how he shouldn’t be the next James Bond.

“Isn’t 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New year people,” the 42-year-old English actor tweeted on Saturday (December 27).

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If you weren’t aware, Rush shared his opinion that Idris shouldn’t be James Bond because he is black earlier in the week.

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  • Living in a box

    And that how you deal with stupid people. Thumbs up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czdxV99r89Y

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    Bond was British, period.

  • poangielsku

    Idris Elba is British. You think only America has black people?!

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    You’re missing the point. Bond.was.British.

    For the obtuse: THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS IS THAT BOND WAS BRITISH.

  • Wanderersmind

    I think he will be amazing as Bond. He has such a charisma.

  • Samm Lacroix

    he’d be an awesome Bond! Plus it would piss Rush off so extra points there

  • CrazyEyes

    id take him o er craig ANYDAY. the guy is major hots. Craig looks bored.

  • FerCat

    Give him a different movie franchise of his own. I’m frankly bored with the Bond series anyway.

  • Barry

    Now that everybody’s talking about it, is it still a serious possibility ?
    The surprise effect is important when Sony announce a new name – like Andrew Garfield for Spiderman or Daniel Craig for 007 – and it’s gone, now.
    For the moment, Sony can only use Elba,as a joker, to keep Craig salaries’s revendications down a little.
    And that’s certainly it.

  • Bob

    Actually…Scottish. Right?

  • Bob

    It doesn’t matter if he would do a good job or not. Will Smith was excellent in “Wild Wild West,” however…the fact that James West was NOT black was a distraction thoughout the entire movie.

  • Doryphore

    The Scottish elements for Bond were added after Sean Connery played the role.

  • DVNY

    Perfect response. Idris wins the internet today.

  • 55vineyard

    When I think of James Bond, I think smooth, sophisticated and sexy. This guy does not meet any of those, bring back Pierce Brosnan, best Bond outside of the original Seal Connery.

  • Sarah

    Scotland is in Britain. So Scottish people are also British.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    Wrong, wrong, wrong. You apparently haven’t seen a lot of his work.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    I think it a grand idea. The only problem I see is the previous cast working with the other Bond. They’re all exceptional actors, and would have to be recast. One can’t simply change Bond’s midstream can they?

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    If anyone is interested in the early days of Bond. Dominic Cooper stars in Fleming. It’s on Netflix and it comes highly recommended if you like detailed period pieces that are hot, trilling and historically accurate.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    They’re not actually British, they’re Scottish but British subjects. Scotland is still ruled by England and her Queen.

  • Karen Alyson

    Bond must be British; Idris is British, he is a good actor and he is a very sexy man. On the downside he is a bit on the old side to be starting when Daniel Craig finishes and, although he is physically impressive, I’m not sure if he is athletic enough for the role. So I am 75% on board.

  • NASCARDaddy

    If they remake Shaft with a white lead I will believe that Hollywood wants this because they are color blind. I’m sure Idris Elba would make a great James Bond but the fact is that a black 007 is a stunt to convince people that a bunch of elite racist whites are not racist.

  • Samm Lacroix

    That’s your perception of it. A black man can shoot gun, seduce women, and jump dramatically over shit. Anyone who focuses on the race of a character over the actual movie is nitpicking and has their own issues about race. He is a fictional character who has been adapted as society has changed. Get the fuck over his race

  • THUGGINBUNDLES1

    Yeah, kind of like the movie “Exodus” casting white actors to play Africans from thousands of years ago? The only difference is that Exodus is based on true events and James Bond is fictional. James Bond can be BLACK and Idris Elba would be an amazing Bond. Stop being so racist and small.

  • vladislav

    can handle the idea as long as they can handle the idea orf , lets say a white shaka zulu , or a white toby in roots , how about a white man in the lead role in a film about louie armstrong !

  • vladislav

    then you`ll just love the all black cast in the lord of the rings remake ! just because a person is a good actor does`nt mean they should do a role that wasc written for someone of another race .it`s like having a black man play the part ofr king arthur , or a white man do louie armstrong . both would be wrong !

  • Sprite

    That’s a good question, anyone can play a role playing game including Adventure Time Monopoly. Best to talk with the Boss first !

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    I know. They clearly established “M” and others with Craig. What, are they to be replaced? Not impossible but it would do the franchise, a lucrative one, a disservice to start over. Something they have to consider by bringing in a totally new Bond.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    Idris is a highly versatile actor able to play “American” as well as European. He can be gruff or smooth, depending. Someone mentioned his own franchise, and actually, that’s not such a bad idea. Pit the two against each other.

  • poangielsku

    Scotland is not ruled by an English queen, she is the queen of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland – the United Kingdom is made up of Scotland, England and Wales. Americans often refer to her as “the Queen of England” but that’s simply poor education. Scottish people ARE British. Again, poor education on your part. But don’t let that get in the way of you making a fatuous point.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    Have a nice day.

  • rikoshaprl

    I guess you never read a James Bond book. He was white.

  • Samm Lacroix

    Yes because every film must and always has been an exact copy of the novel it is taking the story from. PS I also want you to look at the time it was written in and what social norms and laws were because I guarantee you that shit is different now

  • Ugonna Wosu

    Bond didn’t exist in real life, if they can keep changing his age, they can change his race.

  • Ugonna Wosu

    Brosnan was early 40s when he started.

  • Karen Alyson

    Idris is 42 now, so he would be 45 before he started filming. Also Craig and Bourne moved the character on, we demand more physicality from out action heroes now.

  • Ugonna Wosu

    How do you know he can’t handle it. ? Look at Liam Neeson in his 60s doing action films .

  • Guest

    People from Scotland are still British.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW™

    I realize that for the factual aspect. Only if you ask a Sottish person ‘what’ they are they first say they’re Scottish, not British.

  • Samm Lacroix

    Louie Armstrong wouldn’t make sense…he was a real person. King Arthur is a fictional fucking character just as James Bond and Lord of the Rings stories who could be played by black actors

  • Penelop Gretzky

    Since we are talking about books into movies, Katniss Everdeen is olive
    skinned, dark haired and obviously NOT white but they cast Jennifer
    Lawrence who is as pasty as they come. So to you Rush……………
    “Katniss Everdeen is a total concept put together by Suzanne Collins.
    She was brown and probably Hispanic. Period. That is who Katniss
    Everdeen is, was,”(quoted from Rush on the Huff Post and replaced with
    HG analogy).

  • Penelop Gretzky

    I guess you never read the Hunger Games book. Everdeen was brown, olive skinned, dark haired and probably Hispanic or of Latin descent.

  • Penelop Gretzky

    I guess you never read or watched The Avatar series, all the children were East Asians.

  • David G. Wilson

    And James Bond was also ficticious, which makes his character maleable and therefore artistic license in the interest of continuity is possible, even palatable. Jesus who was real was Middle Eastern with possibly olive skin and yet artists have taken license to paint him as if he were Scandinavian.

  • David G. Wilson

    Wasn’t there an all black cast of “Wizard of Oz?” So, what? Being hung up on race speaks volumes about those who obsess about it. James Bond is FICTICIOUS! Get off this race thing! Rush Limbaugh is poisoning this country with his insane obsession on race.

  • rikoshaprl

    Well then artistic license could also change his name. Then there would be no conflict.

  • Chris Renegar

    Thanks. That always seems to slip these idiots minds.

  • Chris Renegar

    Thanks. That always seems to slip these idiots minds.

  • Chris Renegar

    Which is why I never saw it. But…hey…can we do one of MLK totally white?

  • Chris Renegar

    Which is why I never saw it. But…hey…can we do one of MLK totally white?

  • Chris Renegar

    The Wiz, not The Wizard of Oz