Boots Riley isn’t holding back his thoughts on the possibility of a black James Bond.
With persistent talk of Idris Elba taking on the iconic 007 role, the “Sorry To Bother You” filmmaker says he’s not interested in seeing that happen — and offered some compelling reasoning.
The director took to Twitter on Tuesday, slamming the idea, writing, “F**k that.”
“Stop talking about James Bond being played by someone black,” Riley wrote. “Stop making intelligence operatives/assassins/murderers look cool, and trying to make people of colour feel a connection to these enemies of the people.”
He added, “You want a black hero? Don’t make them an agent of capital.”
Bond producers have yet to announce who will take on the role after Daniel Craig, but Elba continues to be a fan-choice for moviegoers.
The latest Bond film (a.k.a. “Bond 25”) is being directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (“True Detective”) and is currently in production in Jamaica. Craig will make his final appearance as Bond in the upcoming anniversary film.
“Bond 25” is scheduled to hit big screens April 8, 2020.