Rush Limbaugh says James Bond cannot be played by a black man because the author of the fictional movie series never portrayed the main character as a black Briton.
The radio host was reacting to a suggestion made by Sony Pictures executives in leaked emails to cast Idris Elba, a black man, as James Bond. Even though the suggestion obviously did not see the light of the day, Limbaugh still made it clear that James Bond can never be a black man.
‘Here’s the thing, though… James Bond is a fictional character, obviously. James Bond was invented, created by Ian Fleming… and James Bond is… white and Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond is,’ he sid on Tuesday in his radio show.
‘But now Sony is suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton rather than a white from Scotland,’ he continued. ‘But that’s NOT who James Bond is, and I know it’s racist to probably even point this out… We had 50 years of white Bonds because Bond is white. Bond was never black. Ian Fleming never created a black Brit to play James Bond. The character was always white. He was always Scottish.’
He also laughed off the idea of George Clooney playing President Obama, Kelsey Grammer playing Nelson Mandela, or Scarlett Johansson playing Condolezza Rice, saying that these characters are based on real people unlike the fictional James Bond.
‘Sometimes a story is just a story, but we can always make it better. We can always be more fair. We can always be more equal about it. So, fine and dandy. George Clooney and Kate Hudson as Barack and Michelle Obama, and you can have Idris Elba as James Bond,’ he concluded.
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