Roger Moore‘s latest comments on James Bond dismiss the possibility that the iconic spy could ever be a woman or gay “for the simple reason that wasn t what Ian Fleming wrote,” the British newspaper Mail on Sunday reports.
“I have heard people talk about how there should be a lady Bond or a gay Bond, but they wouldn t be Bond for the simple reason that wasn t what Ian Fleming wrote,” said Moore, who played Bond in seven films.
“It is not about being homophobic or, for that matter, racist – it is simply about being true to the character,” he told the Mail.
Moore, 88, made his comments soon after the current Bond, Daniel Craig, was asked if he would want a female or black actor to be the next Bond.
“Anything’s possible. You can do anything as long as it’s credible and it works,” he said, according to Sky News. “It doesn’t matter.”
According to the Mail, Moore also said political correctness had led to villains becoming too generic.
“There is a danger always of causing offense. I suppose you could just about get away with a villain from Burkina Faso, but that s about it,” he said.
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Moore is the author of Bond on Bond and has given many interviews about his thoughts on the long-running franchise, not always without affront.
But he rebuked the way he was quoted, saying it had been “lost in translation” and mistaken as racist, when he was actually referring to nationality.
“When a journalist asks if ‘Bond should be English’ and you agree, then quotes you saying it about Idris Elba it’s out of context,” he tweeted.
Elba has long been a popular name in the ongoing conversation over who should next play Bond, and in a Reddit AMA he said he would “absolutely” take the role.