‘A black James Bond would be visionary’: Kanye West backs Idris Elba to take on iconic 007 role as the debate continues

Big support: Kanye West has thrown his weight behind Idris Elba to become the first black James BondBig support: Kanye West has thrown his weight behind Idris Elba to become the first black James Bond

As the
debate rages on over whether Idris Elba should be cast as the first ever
black James Bond, he’s landed some high-profile support in the form of
Kanye West.
The
outspoken rapper, 37, insists that 42-year-old Idris would be perfect
for the coveted role, currently held by Daniel Craig, branding the
possibility ‘visionary’ casting.
He told The Sun:
‘I know Idris a little bit and he is a big talent. The movies he has
been making are special, and when the role for James Bond comes up it
needs to be his.

Big support: Kanye West has thrown his weight behind Idris Elba to become the first black James Bond
‘James
Bond is a role made for British actors and you won’t find a British
actor who has the talent of Idris. To be honest you won’t find many
anywhere who have his talent.
‘Artists
should be visionaries. A black James Bond would be visionary no doubt.
Something that 30 years ago would have seemed crazy should now be
something that is a real possibility.’
While
some have argued that Idris could never portray the famous spy because
he’s black, the actor finally spoke up over the weekend when he shared a
humorous selfie.
Joker! Idris Elba tweets his thanks to those supportive of the idea of him playing 'handsome' James Bond

Joker! Idris Elba tweets his thanks to those supportive of the idea of him playing ‘handsome’ James Bond
The British
actor posted a picture of himself to Twitter with the message: ‘Isn’t
007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New year
people.’ 
The
subject of the next 007 became a global debate after leaked emails from
the Sony hack suggested Idris could take over from Daniel Craig.
Sony
Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal allegedly told a top executive at
Columbia Pictures, which distributes the Bond films, that ‘Idris should
be the next Bond’.
Fan favourite: Idris has won plaudits for his roles in such cult shows as The Wire and Luther

Fan favourite: Idris has won plaudits for his roles in such cult shows as The Wire and Luther
While the majority of film fans have welcomed the suggestion, a minority have been enraged by the suggestion.
Some
comments have been purely racist in content, but others have pointed to
the intentions of the author, Ian Fleming, who created a spy in the
likeness of white singer and actor Hoagy Carmichael, as well as a few
characteristics of himself.
However,
it wasn’t until after the release of Dr. No in cinemas – in which
Scottish actor Sean Connery originated the role – that Fleming gave Bond
any sort of family background.
Racist issues: A minority of people have suggested Elba cannot play Bond because he is black, unlike Daniel Craig, who is the current 007

Racist issues: A minority of people
have suggested Elba cannot play Bond because he is black, unlike Daniel
Craig, who is the current 007
When
writing You Only Live Twice, the spy’s parents were given as Andrew
Bond, from the village of Glencoe, Scotland, and Monique Delacroix, from
the canton of Vaud, Switzerland, to fit with Connery’s interpretation
of the role.
Following
the death of his parents, Bond goes to live with his aunt, Miss
Charmian Bond, in the village of Pett Bottom, and after being kicked out
of Eton, James heads to Fettes College in Scotland, his father’s
school.
Fleming
also alludes to his own personal upbringing by having Bond briefly
attend the University of Geneva, before being taught to ski in
Kitzbühel, however the casting of later Bonds haven’t exactly gone with
the writer’s intentions.
Made to fit: Fleming added the Scottish back story to Bond after seeing Sean Connery's interpretation in Dr. No in 1962

Made to fit: Fleming added the Scottish back story to Bond after seeing Sean Connery’s interpretation in Dr. No in 1962
Since
Sean Connery hung up his licence to kill, 007 has been played by an
Australian actor (George Lazenbury) and an Irish actor (Pierce Brosnan)
and a few blondes, like Roger Moore and Daniel Craig, thrown into the
mix.
In a 2011 interview with NPR, Idris said he’s not interesting in becoming the ‘black’ James Bond.
‘Sean
Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond, and Daniel Craig wasn’t the
blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played him, I don’t want to be called the
black James Bond,’ the actor said.
So
really the biggest issue for Idris becoming the next 007, is whether
he’ll be too old to play him once Daniel Craig leaves the series.
Bond 24: (L-R) Andrew Scott, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Sam Mendes, Léa Seydoux, Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci, Christoph Waltz and Ben Whishaw gathered at Buckinghamshire's Pinewood Studios on Thursday to announce the new Bond movie Spectre

Bond 24: (L-R) Andrew Scott, Ralph
Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Sam Mendes, Léa Seydoux, Daniel Craig, Monica
Bellucci, Christoph Waltz and Ben Whishaw gathered at Buckinghamshire’s
Pinewood Studios to announce the new Bond movie Spectre earlier this
month

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