Former James Bond actor Roger Moore has denied making racist comments about the potential casting of Idris Elba as the next 007.
In an interview with French magazine Paris Match, Moore is quoted as saying “A few years ago, I said that Cuba Gooding Jr. would make an excellent Bond, but it was a joke. Although James may have been played by a Scot, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he should be ‘English-English.’ Nevertheless, it’s an interesting idea, but unrealistic.”
However, Moore says his comments were “lost in translation.”
Despite Sony executives having expressed interest in Elba, as of now, no successor has been named for current Bond actor Daniel Craig. The next Bond movie, Spectre, hits theaters on November 6th. Watch the first teaser trailer here.