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Rush Limbaugh: Idris Elba Can’t Be Next James Bond Because He’s Black

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh discussed the rumors that Idris Elba, the star of Mandela, Luther, and The Wire, may be the next James Bond, and dismissed the idea because he’s black.

“James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming,” Limbaugh argued. “He was white and Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond was. But now [they are] suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Britain [sic], rather than a white from Scotland. But that’s not who James Bond is and I know it’s racist to probably point this out.”

Rush went on to say Elba playing Bond is just like if George Clooney and Kate Hudson were cast to play Barack and Michelle Obama.

Of course, one is a fictional character while the First Family… isn’t.

The rumors have been swirling after one of the leaked Sony Entertainment emails showed co-chairperson Amy Pascal telling former Columbia Pictures vice president Elizabeth Cantillon that “Idris should be the next Bond.”

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  • sunshipballoons

    Daniel Craig doesn’t play Bond Scottish at all. Neither did Roger Moore or George Lazenby. You could make an argument that the other three sort of did.

    (I mean, this is irrelevant. Limbaugh would be a racist jerk even if all previous Bond actors had played it Scottish. Still…)

  • Clyde Jarvis

    I don’t believe any mention of the character skin tone was ever mentioned in the Ian Fleming novels. Damn Rush, James Bond is a fictional character. He wasn’t real! Anyone can play him you moron!!!

  • Sieben713

    rush is the result of DRUG ABUSE

  • Goblin The Weasel Perrins

    Movies take a lot of liberties with books, so why not a black James Bond? If you can have Abraham Lincoln (Real Person) Vampire Hunter, then why not black James Bond (fictional character)?

  • Carl Jennings

    I’ve always considered James Bond to be a title or position. When Bond dies, someone else becomes Bond.

    • Myra Cowgirlup Harris

      YOU ARE SO RIGHT, I CONCUR 1000%. NOTHING WAS EVER SAID ABOUT DJANGO, WHO WAS ALSO PLAYED AS A WHITE ACTOR BACK IN THE DAY AND NOW PLAYED BY JAMIE FOX. NOTHING WAS EVER SAID. THEY ARE JUST FICTIONAL CHARACTERS, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO PLAYS THEM, REGARDLESS OF THE RACE.

  • Christine Schultz Spencer

    Well, Rush certainly couldn’t play him, ’cause he’s fat, flabby, and without any kind of cool.

  • Richardfoc

    How out of touch is Rush? He thinks that in 2014 George Clooney and Kate Hudson could costar in the same movie.

  • Myra Cowgirlup Harris

    IT’S PEOPLE LIKE RUSH LIMBAUGH, WHO KEEP THE WORLD FROM PROGRESSING AS ONE IN UNITY TODAY. JAMES BOND IS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER. “DJANGO” WAS PLAYED BY A WHITE ACTOR BACK IN THE DAY WHEN THE MOVIE FIRST CAME OUT AND TODAY HE IS BEING PLAYED BY JAMIE FOXX. THERE WAS NO BIG DEAL ABOUT THAT, AND WHY, BECAUSE HE WAS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER. SAME INSTANCE HERE. STOP SEEING COLOR AND JUST LET THE WORLD MOVE ALONG IN PEACE.

  • econklin

    I think he was saying “a black Briton” so the ‘sic’ was unnecessary. With that cleared up, black Britons certainly exist, and probably some are spys, so why not?