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Former James Bond star George Lazenby has backed Idris Elba to be the next actor to play 007. The...

George Lazenby backs Idris Elba to be the next James Bond

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Former James Bond star George Lazenby has backed Idris Elba to be the next actor to play 007.

The Australian, who starred in the 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, said there would be “a lot of people scratching their head” if a black actor was cast as Ian Fleming’s super spy, but he believed hiring Idris would be a “good idea”.

There has been much speculation about who will replace current Bond star Daniel Craig after he said he would rather “slash my wrists” than play the fictional spy again, with Tom Hiddleston and Damian Lewis also linked with the role.

When asked whether a black actor could play Bond, George, 76, told the Press Association: “That’s beyond me. I mean, why not? That’s what I say.

“But then on the other hand, you’re going to have a lot of people scratching their head going ‘James Bond wasn’t black’.

“It’s who they are, not what colour they are. It’s ‘are they a good guy or not?’ That’s what I’m looking for.”

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