Idris Elba’s Modest Reaction to James Bond Rumors

Idris Elba via Twitter
Idris Elba via Twitter

Perhaps one of the best things to emerge from the Sony email hacking debacle was word that Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal suggested that Idris Elba be the first black James Bond.


Pascal’s idea, which surfaced last week, has garnered widespread praise from fans of the handsome British actor and haters alike.

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, however, had this to say: “But that’s not who James Bond is, and I know it’s racist to probably point this out.”

But until Saturday, few knew where Elba stood on the matter. Along with an image of him sporting a scruffy salt-and-pepper beard, Elba sent out the tweet, “Isn’t 007 supposed to [be] handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New year people.” By 11 a.m. EST Sunday, the tweet had collected more than 11,000 retweets and more than 15,000 favorites.

It’s kind of a weak response on Elba’s part, but we’ll take it!