Idris Elba isn’t ‘English-English’ enough to be James Bond, says former 007 Roger Moore

Former James Bond actor Roger Moore says that Idris Elba, who could be the first black 007, isn’t “English-English” enough to play the role.

In an interview with Paris Match magazine, the actor was asked about the possibility of Idris playing Bond. His response couldn’t have been more politically incorrect:

‘A few years ago, I said that [black actor] Cuba Gooding Jnr would make an excellent Bond, but it was a joke!’ replies Sir Roger, 87, who starred in seven Bond movies between 1973 and 1985

‘Although James may have been played by a Scot, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he should be “English-English”,’ he continues. 

‘Nevertheless, it’s an interesting idea, but unrealistic.’

Yikes. What did he mean exactly?

Idris Elba is as “English” as it gets as the Daily Mail points out:

He was born in Hackney, raised in East Ham, schooled in Canning Town, started work in Dagenham and he supports Arsenal.

Plus, the James Bond in the books wasn’t entirely “English” as his parents were from Glencoe (Scotland) and Switzerland.

My vote goes to Idris. Even the current James Bond Daniel Craig thinks Idris should be next.

UPDATE: Roger Moore denies on Twitter that he said anything racist about Idris Elba:

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