By Brian Ives
“Yes, if it was offered to me, absolutely.” And the internet screamed.
Idris Elba was answering a question during his Reddit AMA that had been on the minds of 007 fans for a while: “If it were offered to you, would you be the next James Bond?”
Elba’s response made immediate waves. Predictably, right-wingers had a problem with the very idea that a black guy might play 007. Rush Limbaugh whined: “James Bond is a total concept put together by [author] Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond is, was. 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.”
Um, yeah, a little.
It’s worth mentioning that while the Daniel Craig era has been extremely successful for the franchise (2012’s Skyfall was the most successful installment yet), there was lots of resistance to his casting. Exhibit A: DanielCraigIsNotBond.com is an actual website. One big complaint from his detractors: how could a blonde guy possibly play James Bond? JAMES BOND HAS DARK HAIR. It’s a less-racist argument than the one against Elba, but it’s no less stupid.
We, however, would love to see Elba in the role, and below we’ve compiled seven slightly more reasonable reasons why.