Discussion surrounding the possibility of a Black James Bond has largely centered around Luther actor Idris Elba, but there’s another Black Brit who’s ready to throw his hat in the ring for the iconic role.
“The significance of someone like me playing a role like James Bond is not lost on me,” he told the publication. “It is going to be something that will expand horizons.”
He went on, “One of the most beautiful things I have seen in America on Halloween is white kids running around in Black Panther costumes. I did not have a superhero to identify with growing up on a council estate in Islington. It was all Superman.”
The Selma actor has already broken boundaries in theater, becoming the first Black actor to play an English king in productions of Henry VI, parts I, II, III by the Royal Shakespeare company.
“When I was at drama school, the idea of a Black James Bond was so far removed from everyone’s thinking,” he said. “We are talking about real progress. Society is beginning to tell the industries what they want to see.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.