DAVID OYELOWO has beaten hot favourite Idris Elba to become the first black James Bond in brand new 007 adventure Trigger Mortis. The British actor will voice the secret agent in the new audio book of the latest Bond novel by Anthony Horowitz.
Oyelow said he is “very honoured” when the news was revealed.
“I am officially the only person on planet Earth who can legitimately say, ‘I am the new James Bond.’
“Even saying that name is the cinematic equivalent of doing the ‘to be or not to be’ speech.”
“I was asked specifically by the Fleming estate, which is really special,” he added.
Oyelowo described his Bond as “a man who is very self-assured” but not perfect.
The news come on the same day that we also meet the sensational new Bond girls Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux in the latest Spectre vlog from the set. Watch it here. Foyle’s War creator Horowitz praised the choice of the new Bond.
“What an honour to have an actor as talented as David to read my take on Bond,” he said.
“He has a brilliant voice and talent for bringing out the nuances of dialogue and characters.”
Oyelowo is best known to international audiences for his highly acclaimed performance as Martin Luther King in recent biopic Selma.
Home grown television audiences will also know him as MI5 operative Danny Hunter in Spooks. Despite beating hot favourite Idris Elba to the punch as Bond, Oyelowo champions his fellow actor’s long-standing association as the most likely replacement for Daniel Craig on the big screen.
“A titan on screen, he has all the qualities that you’d want in a James Bond,” Oyelowo said.
“Because films and TV affect culture, a black Bond would be a cultural event. A statement… beyond just entertainment.”
With Daniel Craig committed to making at least one more film after this year’s Spectre, the rumours will have to keep swirling a little while longer…