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(Photo : suzanne plunkett) Cast member Idris Elba arrives for the Royal Premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" in London December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)
Rumors circulating about British actor Idris Elba as the next to play the role of James Bond has made radio host Rush Limbaugh admit that it was a racist remark on his end to say that Elba is not fit for the job because he is black.
Limbaugh said that James Bond was developed as this white and Scottish spy combined by Ian Fleming and that should be followed. He didn't like the fact that a possibility for a black British guy rather than a white man from Scotland would play the role. He continued saying, "But that's not who James Bond is. And I know it's racist to probably point this out."
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Meanwhile, all these rumors about Elba playing James Bond started from an email that was leaked by Amy Pascal, the co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The content of the supposedly private message said that Idris should be the next Bond.
It wasn't the first time that Elba became controversial on playing the iconic role because in 2011, he had an interview with NPR that was hosted by Linda Wertheimer asking his plans in accepting the job if it was true that it was offered to him. The actor said he was not interested in doing "black roles" or just "roles."
He continued saying he just didn't want to be the black version of Bond. He simply didn't want to be labeled as the black James Bond because Sean Connery was not called the Scottish Bond nor did Daniel Craig is recognized as the blue-eyed James Bond.
But right now, the actor was gracious and still grateful enough that he is being considered for the part and that his fans are standing up to him despite such racist remarks made by Limbaugh and other people who didn't think he could be the next James Bond.
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