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Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Featured | 4 comments

Roger Moore Under Fire for Saying Idris Elba Not ‘English-English’ to Play James Bond


Sir Roger Moore is in a race row after he allegedly told French magazine Paris Match that Idris Elba is not “English English” enough to play James Bond. Does he realize that George Lazenby, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Timothy Dalton aren’t “English-English” either?

Moore said his remarks were “lost in translation.” After being slammed on Twitter, he said, “An interview I gave to Paris Match implies that I said something racist about Idris Elba. That is simply untrue.” Yeah, Moore has been shaken and stirred on social media.

Daily Mail:  Sir Roger told Paris Match: ‘A few years ago, I said that [black actor] Cuba Gooding Jnr would make an excellent Bond, but it was a joke!’ replies Sir Roger, 87, who starred in seven Bond movies between 1973 and 1985.

‘Although James may have been played by a Scot, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he should be “English-English”,’ he continues.’Nevertheless, it’s an interesting idea, but unrealistic.’

Reaction on social media has been overwhelmingly negative with Twitter users accusing Sir Roger of ‘racism.’ Many commentators highlighted the fact that Elba was born and raised in the East End of London.

Here’s Roger Moore’s response to the “English English” comment:

Reaction on Twitter:

Idris Elba article cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

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