The world held its breath anticipating the first black 007 in the Bond series after a rumor that was fueled by Edris Elba’s Tweet that threw his followers into a frenzy. The tweet bore a photo of himself and a caption ‘My name’s Elba, Idris Elba.
This, of course, didn’t pass without a backlash of those who believe the fictional character James Bond created by Ian Fleming had to be white
Limbaugh told his syndicated US radio show,
“Bond was intended to be a white man by creator Ian Fleming. “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. “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.”
However, Idris later backtracked and told fans not to believe the hype.
To those who said Bond could not be black, he made light of the situation by responding with a joke. ‘Isn’t 007 supposed to handsome?’
He put the many restless minds to rest by joking that he wasn’t handsome enough for the role.
Fast forward, the agency must have had diversification as part of their agenda and the newest revelation is that Lashana Lynch will be 007. This makes a lot of sense given that Bond is in retirement and thus the Agency can pass on the redundant code name to a new agent.
Bond is still Bond, but he’s been replaced as 007 by Lashana.