Idris Elba is opening up about people who feel James Bond shouldn’t be played by a black man, and reveals he would take the role if offered.
Elba sat down with Vanity Fair, where he discussed everything from his new wife, Sabrina Dhowre, his career and his future ambitions.
Towards the end of the interview the topic of him becoming James Bond. Elba admits it’s not his favorite thing to discuss with people.
He says he would love to play Bond, but reveals nobody has ever officially offered him the iconic role.
Elba added, "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."
He talks about the haters who try and argue Bond can’t be black. Elba got honest by saying, “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. 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? That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to."