One of the many secrets revealed in the Sony email hack was a discussion about the possibility of Idris Elba, a black actor, playing James Bond after Daniel Craig decides it time for him to move on. “Idris should be the next bond,” Sony co-chair Amy Pascal wrote in an email, referring to the Britishstar of Luther and The Wire.
“James Bond is a fictional character, obviously,” Rush told the listeners of the spy character created by Ian Fleming. “He was white and Scottish, period.”
“I know it’s racist to probably even point this out,” but the franchise needs to get with it!We had 50 years of white Bonds because Bond was white!” said Rush
Rush then suggested the casting would be analogous to casting George Clooney and Kate Hudson as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Or how about Kelsey Grammar as Nelson Mandela? He then suggested Rob Reiner as “early” Al Sharpton. And George C. Scott (who’s dead) as Colin Powell and Scarlett Johansson as Condoleezza Rice. And so on…
I get what Rush is saying. He isn't racist Some characters can be interchangeable with race and some can not. For example Denzel Washington did a fine job playing Edward Woodward's old role of the movie remake of the TV show "The Equalizer" But James Bond is British, and yes there are black Brits but when you watch Bond you feel like he is part of the Royal family kicking the bad guys you know whats. What would the outrage be if the movie Shaft was remade with a white person? What makes both Bond and Shaft so special is their ethnicity. It isn't racism but believabllity.