Rush Limbaugh: Idris Elba Can’t Be James Bond Because He’s Black

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December 24, 2014 12:39 p.m.

Count conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh as one of the opponents of actor Idris Elba saying “shaken, not stirred” in a future James Bond movie.

Limbaugh argued during his show on Tuesday that Elba shouldn’t be cast as Bond because he’s a “black Briton” and the MI-6 protagonist was conceived as a white man from Scotland.

“James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond is, was,” Limbaugh said. His comments were flagged by The Guardian. “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.”

Limbaugh likened Elba playing Bond to George Clooney and Kate Hudson playing President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in a biopic.

Elba’s name has been mentioned before as a possible Bond. Less than a week ago, The Daily Beast reported that in leaked emails Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal suggested that Elba should succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond.

“Idris should be the next bond,” Pascal wrote in an email to former Columbia Pictures vice president Elizabeth Cantillon on Jan. 4, 2014.

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