The real reason Idris Elba shouldn’t play James Bond

No, Idris Elba. You cannot be James Bond. You will not be 007, no matter how many tweets you put out fishing for attention.

It’s not because you are a gentleman of colour.

It’s because James Bond isn’t.

He is written as an upper-class, arrogant white toff, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, nurtured by Eton, Sandhurst and well connected by his Swiss family fortune.

And it’s not about a talent, Idris. Many people love you, almost more than you do yourself.

We applaud you in Luther. And if a creative liberal wants to write an entire spy series around you, that’s fantastic.

But please, can someone on your team come up with their own ideas? Or must we perpetually crowbar in gender and colour where it doesn’t fit?

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