Idris Elba ‘disheartened’ by comments that James Bond can’t be black

Idris Elba says he hasn’t been approached about being the next James Bond. In fact, the British actor doubted that that casting would ever happen in an interview with Vanity Fair.

The “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” star mostly downplayed the idea during the interview, but at one point he touched on his reservations for not wanting to be the long-running franchise’s first black 007.

He said some people have expressed to him that they couldn’t accept a black Bond.

“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,” he told the publication.

In the same quote, Elba went on to say that landing the role would put him in a no-win situation.

“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?” he said. “That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to.”

Vanity Fair points out that Elba taking over from Daniel Craig as Bond has been mostly a fan-driven rumor. A 2018 Hollywood Reporter survey said 63 percent of Americans placed Elba atop their wish list as the next Bond.

Executives in charge of the Bond franchise, however, have never mentioned him as a possible successor.

Despite his trepidation, Elba realizes that Bond would be a career-defining role.

“James Bond is a hugely coveted, iconic, beloved character, that takes audiences on this massive escapism journey,” he said. “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.”

Nevertheless, Elba has had fun with the rumors. In January, he tweeted a photo of himself and Craig running into each other at the Golden Globe Awards with a caption of “Awks …..”

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