British actor Noel Clarke says the world isn’t ready for a black James Bond
Last week, media outlets reported that Skyfall actress Naomie Harris confimred that Idris Elba had met with movie execs to allegedly discuss taking over the James Bond 007 role in a future production.
Clarke doesn’t buy it, explaining: “I don’t know if he’ll get it. I don’t know if he’d get it, I don’t know if any of us would get it.”
This doesn’t appear to be a case of jealous, either. Clarke spoke of his own chances on landing the iconic role: “To be offered it would be amazing. But it’s never going to happen. Never ever going to happen.”
“I feel like the pressure – and I’m not a racist or a militant – the pressure of being the first black Bond would be so much, it would kill the person that did it,” he said. “I feel there’d be so many people against it.”
Is the world ready for a black James Bond? Should blacks scour after roles made famous by whites?