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Idris Elba Is Not English Enough to Play James Bond, Roger Moore Says

Idris Elba Is Not English Enough to Play James Bond, Roger Moore Says

Idris Elba rocks a red tie while shooting scenes for his hit show Luther on Friday (March 27) in London, England.

While the 42-year-old English actor is working on Luther, he is also in talks to star as a villain in the upcoming Star Trek 3 film.

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Former James Bond actor Roger Moore, who starred in seven Bond movies between 1973 and 1985, recently shared his thoughts on Idris as a possible choice to play the 007 agent in the future.

“A few years ago, I said that Cuba Gooding Jr would make an excellent Bond, but it was a joke!’ Roger shared to Paris Match magazine.

He added, “Although James may have been played by a Scot, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he should be “English-English”. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting idea, but unrealistic.”

After facing much backlash for his comments, Roger wrote on Twitter, “An interview I gave to Paris Match implies I said something racist about Idris Elba. That is simply untrue. #Lost in translation.”

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  • Barry

    Shit My Grand-Father Says.

  • luna

    not english enough or… not white enough?

  • The Last Word

    Idris would make a perfect James Bond. He’s sexy, stylish, and charismatic. Roger Moore can go to hell with his thinly veiled racist crap. Idris is a great actor.

  • Aubrey

    The guy was born in fcking london, how does one get more english than that?

  • tia maria

    Idris Elba would be a much better bond than moore ever was

  • devvv

    Someone born in London isn’t English enough but Ireland-born Pierce Brosnan was? That makes so much sense…

  • Lee

    He’s black, period. Roger Moore is a jerk. I could totally see Idris play bad ass JB. Hope he does.

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  • FerCat

    Just no. JB is tired and boring. I don’t bother watching it. Idris deserves better.

  • stoplyin2217

    Remember what Michelle Rodriguez said about taking other peoples super heroes? I think that also applies here.

  • Gilson Juniors

    Who cares what Michelle Rodriguez has to say? There’s no such thing as super hero ownership.

  • stoplyin2217

    At some point you need to create your own material.

  • LoveIt

    He is a good actor, he is a good looking man and he is born in England. There is no reason why he shouldnt play James Bond.

  • plez

    Is it so hard for you to see a person as a person and not his/her race?

  • Tigerlilly

    Idris Elba would be a great Bond!!! Never liked Roger Moore as Bond, btw.