Idris Elba recently admitted that the idea of playing the next James Bond eventually turned him off when the conversation became more about race than the iconic super spy.
During a recent appearance on the “Smartless” podcast, with hosts and actors Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett, the British star initially pondered the opportunity stating, "I was super complimented for a long time about this.”
He added, “I was like, ‘This is crazy!’ James Bond…We’re all actors and we understand that role. It’s one of those coveted [roles]. Being asked to be James Bond was like, ‘Ok, you’ve sort of reached the pinnacle’. That’s one of those things the whole world has a vote in.”
Elba noted, “Essentially, it was a huge compliment that every corner of the world except from some corners, which we will not talk about, were really happy about the idea that I could be considered.” However, he added, “Those that weren’t happy about the idea made the whole thing disgusting and off-putting because it became about race. It became about nonsense and I got the brunt of it.”
Last February, the Luther star seemingly denounced being called a “Black Actor” explaining in an interview with the Esquire U.K. that the term “put me in a box.” He added, “We’ve got to grow. We’ve got to. Our skin is no more than that: it’s just skin. Rant over.”