Roger Moore has denied making racist comments about Idris Elba.
The former James Bond star gave an interview to French magazine Paris Match. It says he was asked about Idris Elba succeeding Daniel Craig.
Roger Moore was quoted as saying the next 007 should be “English-English”.
Those comments initially drew criticism from some online but he’s insisted the quotes were “lost in translation”.
In the magazine, the quote appears under the title Idris Elba: le prochain Bond?, translated as Idris Elba: the next Bond.
The quote that appears below, when translated into English, reads: “Several years ago I said Cuba Gooding Jr. would make an excellent Bond, but that was a joke.
“Even though James has been played by a Scotsman, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he has to remain English-English. It’s an interesting idea, but unrealistic.”
However, Roger Moore insists that he wasn’t talking about Idris Elba, only the nationality of James Bond.
Elaborating further, the veteran actor said in a tweet: “When a journalist asks if <<Bond should be English>> and you agree, then quotes you saying it about Idris Elba, it’s out of context.”
In December 2014, following the hack at Sony Pictures, emails suggested that former co-chairman Amy Pascal wanted Idris Elba to be the next Bond.
At the time, Idris Elba responded with a selfie and a tweet: “Isn’t 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot…”
Idris Elba has responded to rumors of becoming the next James Bond after Sony attack.
The actor has said he’s done nothing to deny the rumors.
“Isn’t 007 supposed to [be] handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New year people,” Idris Elba tweeted, along with a picture of himself.
Current star, Daniel Craig, is committed to just one more movie.
Reports about the leaked Sony Pictures Entertainment emails suggest that a message from chairman Amy Pascal read: “Idris should be the next Bond.”
Amy Pascal was thought to be emailing Elizabeth Cantillon, the former executive vice president of production for Columbia Pictures – which distributes the Bond franchise.
There has been no confirmation from Sony Pictures that the actor will be the next 007.
Earlier this week, Rush Limbaugh criticized the rumors, saying that because the original author Ian Fleming wrote James Bond as “a white [man] from Scotland”, the character should not be played by a black actor.
“That’s not who James Bond is, and I know it’s racist to probably even point this out,” he said.
Idris Elba, 42, has previously said he would like to play James Bond.
Daniel Craig is currently filming upcoming James Bond movie, Spectre.
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No Good Deed has topped the US box office ending the four-week reign of Guardians of the Galaxy.
The thriller, in which Idris Elba plays an escaped convict, made $24.5 million on its debut, almost double its budget.
Dolphin Tale 2 entered the chart at two, while sci-fi caper Guardians of the Galaxy slipped to third.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the biggest film of the year so far in North America, taking more than $300 million.
No Good Deed has topped the US box office ending the four-week reign of Guardians of the Galaxy
The Marvel release becomes the first film of the year to pass that milestone, while its box office takings around the world have reached the $600 million mark.
Another notable new entry in the rundown is The Drop, starring the late James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy, which landed in sixth spot after opening in a limited number of cinemas.
No Good Deed, which co-stars Taraji P. Henson as a woman terrorized by Idris Elba’s character, was hailed as a success by makers Sony, who marketed the film heavily prior to release.
Overall ticket receipts were down 23% on the same weekend of 2013.
The film chart is rejuvenated after last weekend, when there was no new release inside the top 10.
North American box office Top five:
- No Good Deed – $24.5 million
- Dolphin Tale 2 – $16.5 million
- Guardians of the Galaxy – $8 million
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $4.8 million
- Let’s Be Cops – $4.3 million
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Oprah Winfrey shared her first selfie with fans from the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards.
“My first selfie,” Oprah Winfrey, 60, tweeted.
“Love @idriselba! #imageawards.”
Oprah Winfrey is flanked in the picture by Idris Elba, who inches into the frame from behind, and gives the camera a cool stare-down.
Oprah Winfrey shared her first selfie with fans from the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards
“Did I just photo bomb Oprah???” Idris Elba, 41, tweeted along with Oprah Winfrey’s original picture.
An eyewitness at the event told Us Weekly that photographers erupted into a state of frenzy once the media mogul arrived on the red carpet.
Although Oprah Winfrey ultimately lost in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Pasadena, California awards show to Lupita Nyong’o, the 12 Years a Slave breakout star credited Winfrey for impacting her career.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a Nelson Mandela biopic presented at Toronto Film Festival, does not shy away from the less flattering aspects of his character, according to British star Idris Elba.
“It was important we had both sides, the good and the bad,” said Idris Elba.
Early scenes in Justin Chadwick’s film show Nelson Mandela as a womanizer who was violent to his first wife Evelyn.
“I didn’t want to deface Mr. Mandela in any way,” Idris Elba continued.
“But I didn’t want to portray him in a way that wasn’t honest.”
Idris Elba was speaking at the Toronto Film Festival, where Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom had its world premiere this weekend.
Based on the former South African president’s autobiography, the film charts his early life as a lawyer, his political activism and the 27 years of imprisonment that preceded his democratic election in 1994.
Naomie Harris plays Nelson Mandela’s second wife Winnie in Justin Chadwick’s two-and-a-half hour drama.
Nelson Mandela new biopic does not shy away from the less flattering aspects of the character
The film has had a mixed reception from critics, with one calling it “more dutifully reverential than revelatory or exciting”.
“We’ve seen the saintly Mandela we all know and love,” continued Idris Elba, who did not meet “Madiba” before embarking on the project.
“It was important for us to take the audience on a journey prior to that and understand who he was.”
Nelson Mandela, now 95, was released from hospital last week after three months of treatment for a recurring lung infection.
“Like everybody I’ve been very concerned for his health but I’ve been keeping optimistic,” Idris Elba told reporters on Sunday.
According to Justin Chadwick, Idris Elba was the right person for the biopic despite being from England and bearing little physical resemblance to its subject.
“There were other obvious choices, but Idris was the brave choice,” he said.
“He doesn’t look like Madiba, but we weren’t going for a lookalike, soundalike version.”
“Idris managed to capture the Mandela magic,” agreed Terry Pheto, the South African actress who plays Evelyn in the film.
Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, David Harewood and Sidney Poitier are among the others to have portrayed Nelson Mandela on film and television.
Idris Elba, whose other films include summer blockbusters Thor and Pacific Rim, has been singled out for praise by critics who have seen the film in Toronto.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is one of several Toronto titles this year to draw their inspiration from real-life figures.
Julian Assange, Jimi Hendrix and Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts also feature in films in this year’s line-up.
The launch of Justin Chadwick’s film coincides with the UK release of Diana, a biographical drama about Princess Diana, that drew a withering response from the British media.