After the Sony Pictures email leak revealed that the company’s co-chairman Amy Pascal had her eye on Idris Elba as the next James Bond, many were pleased with the casting possibility.
The 42-year-old Luther actor took to Twitter on Saturday to address those who support him for the role after Daniel Craig’s run is over.
“Isn't 007 supposed to [be] handsome? Glad you think I've got a shot! Happy New year people,” he tweeted along with a photo of himself.
Isn't 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I've got a shot! Happy New year people. pic.twitter.com/3g9lAl2Uo3
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) December 27, 2014
Yet, not everyone is happy with the prospect of Elba playing the iconic character, including radio host Rush Limbaugh, who recently expressed major disproval.
“James Bond is a fictional character, obviously,” he said during his Dec. 23 radio show. “And James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond is.”
Limbaugh went on to say the character was never played by a black character solely because of the description created by Fleming.
“But now Sony is suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton rather than a white from Scotland,” the conservative political commentator continued. “But that’s not who James Bond is, and I know it’s racist to probably even point this out.”