Noel Clarke: 'pressure Of Being First Black Bond Would Kill The Person That Did It'
After recent news emerged that The Wire actor Idris Elba had been shortlisted to succeed current James Bond star Daniel Craig, Kidulthood director Noel Clarke voiced his opinion on the likelihood of the spy series having its first Bond man of colour. According to The Sun, when asked about the possibility, Noel stated: "I feel like the pressure – and I’m not a racist or a militant – the pressure of being the first black Bond would be so much, it would kill the person that did it.”
Explaining his reasons for doubting that a black actor could take over the role, the 36-year-old director said: “I don’t know if any of us would get it … I feel like – if anyone’s likely to get it, it would be him [Elba]. But I feel like the pressure of it would be like – why would you put yourself through that?
"And I can picture it, in ten years’ time they’ve changed it… 'No, he was 007 – but he wasn’t actually Bond' … One hundred per cent, I still feel like that’s there."
Noel concluded: "To be offered it would be amazing. But it’s never going to happen. Never ever going to happen…”
Noel’s latest movie ‘Storage 24’ is out on DVD Monday.
Words: Jason (@Jason_MBM)