Did former 007 Roger Moore really dis Luther star Idris Elba with a dimissive remark that many have deemed racist?

Sir Roger says he didn’t, claiming his comments in a French magazine were “lost in translation,”; insisting he meant no disrespect to Elba whatsoever.

Commenting on rumours that Elba is seen as the leading contender to replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond (which would make him the first actor of colour to play the British super-spy since the franchise launched in 1962), Moore is quoted as telling Paris Match: “Several years ago I said Cuba Gooding Jr would make an excellent Bond, but that was a joke,”; said Moore in the interview, which was published in French and subsequently translated into English by The Daily Mail.

“Even though James has been played by a Scotsman, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he has to remain English-English,”; he added. “It’s an interesting idea, but unrealistic.”;

After the actor was criticized by The Daily Mail for his comments, Moore insists he said nothing even remotely racist, and took to Twitter to claim his comments were “lost in translation”; and taken out of context.