this ain't livin': Idris Elba, the New James Bond?

While Bond canon has it that he’s Scottish, and this part of his origins was really played up in Skyfall with Bond’s return to the family manor, we’ve had non-Scottish men in the role. And for that matter, being Black doesn’t preclude being Scottish; in fact, there’s ample historical evidence showing that people of African descent were active in the British Isles long before the modern era, so there’s nothing at all new about a Black Scotsman. There’s no objection on the grounds of continuity or canon1 to casting Elba in the role, which means these things shouldn’t be used as fig leaves by racists opposed to Elba’s casting, but they undoubtedly will be.

  1. se-smith posted this