The Sony email leak revealed a suggestion by executive Amy Pascal to bring in a new – and groundbreaking – face to star as the next James Bond: Idris Elba. With Daniel Craig’s days as 007 numbered in the movie’s franchise (he is contracted to shoot one more film), Elba as a replacement is very huge, and possible, deal. But one person is not here for it: Rush Limbaugh.
In a recent rant on his radio show, Limbaugh, who could barely pronounce Elba’s name and referred to him as an “African-Brit,” protested the idea of a black James Bond. Arguing that it would not be congruent with James Bond creator Ian Fleming’s original vision, Limbaugh realized the racist implications behind his statements, which did not stop his tirade.
“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.”
Comparing the casting of Elba as Bond to the casting of George Clooney as President Obama and Kelsey Grammer as Nelson Mandela Limbaugh continued with sarcasm, remarking “we’re just playing here.” Only, the jokes weren’t funny.
Listen to Limbaugh’s comments on Idris Elba as James Bond below: