Certain corners of the internet have been fairly obsessed with casting a black actor as James Bond for quite some time now. Fans have specifically focused their desire for a more diverse 007 on Luther star Idris Elba, though he himself has already said it won’t happen. Now, it’s official: The next James Bond is a black actor…he just won’t be in a movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, English actor David Oyelowo, best known for his performance as Martin Luther King in Selma, will voice the iconic spy in the audiobook version of the next Bond novel, Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz. The novel is an “official” Bond book, commissioned by the estate of the characters creator, Ian Fleming, and according to Oyelowo he was personally invited by the Fleming estate to be the voice of Bond.
“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,” he said.
So, while it might be some time before a black actor lands the role on the big screen, Oyelowo will get to say “Bond, James Bond” before any of them.