Roger Moore: Idris Elba Can’t be James Bond as 007 Should be ‘English-English’

Apparently Idris Elba can't be James Bond because he isn't "English-English" in one former Bond's eyes.

Back during the Sony hack in December, leaked documents indicated that the studio are keen on British actor Idris Elba taking over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig decides to walk away from the role and retire his license to kill.

Many people, including myself, like this proposed change. I’ve always been a firm believer that “James Bond” could actually be a code name for agent 007, therefore making the character open to being played by any race. And with Elba being a Brit, although James Bond was initially a Scot, and with him just generally being an awesome actor, this role naturally seems suited for him.

We’ve even heard from former 007 Pierce Brosnan, endorsing Elba for the part, but it seems that fellow Bond Roger Moore isn’t keen on the idea, as he feels Bond should be “English-English,” although as I pointed out earlier, Idris Elba is from England.

“A few years ago I said that Cuba Gooding Jr. would make an excellent Bond, but it was a joke,” Moore told Paris Match, when asked for his thoughts on Elba taking on the iconic role. “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.”

How is it unrealistic when even as Moore puts it, Bond was played by other nationalities and again, Idris was born and raised in England. So if that isn’t “English-English” then I don’t know what is.

What do you make of Moore’s comments, and would you like to see Idris Elba as 007? Let us know in the comments below.

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