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How would you feel about a black James Bond?



Even as I write this the only thing I can hear in my head, over and over again, is the soundbyte from the video at the end of this article.

The Bond fanbase has gone ballistic over rumors that Idris Elba could be the next James Bond to succeed Daniel Craig. Why? Well... because he's black.  Rush Limbaugh had this to say:

James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond is, was. But now [they are] suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton, rather than a white from Scotland. But that’s not who James Bond is, and I know it’s racist to probably point this out.

As expected a series of people have screamed 'Racist S.O.B,' in response to this with the argument being that plenty of non-Scottish descent actors have played the part of Bond so why can't Idris?  I personally think that calling Rush a racist is moronic, his point is fair in the sense that it's about as believeable for a black man to pretend he's a native Scot as a white guy pretending he's a native African.  It can happen, it's just not the norm and by association, out-of-character.

I'm of two minds on the topic outside of that point though.

On one hand I think that flipping the character to a black man could breathe new life into the franchise and appeal to a new, more open-minded and younger audience.  On the other hand, I was one of the people losing their shit when a blonde man (Daniel Craig) got the role of Bond because I still mourn the fact that Sean Connery isn't immortal and couldn't play the part forever...

...then decided the last Bond movie is the best one they've ever made.

That being said, James Bond may be he closest thing we have to a white cultural film-icon.  While I'm for affirmative action anything, how would we feel about a remake of Shaft with a white or asian lead?  From a nerd-cult following perspective how would we feel about a remake of say something like Blade with a white or asian lead instead of someone like Wesley Snipes?

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