Daily Mail

New York

As the debate rages on over whether Idris Elba should be cast as the first ever black James Bond, he’s landed some high-profile support in the form of Kanye West.

The outspoken rapper, 37, insists that 42-year-old Idris would be perfect for the coveted role, currently held by Daniel Craig, branding the possibility ‘visionary’ casting. He told The Sun: ‘I know Idris a little bit and he is a big talent. The movies he has been making are special, and when the role for James Bond comes up it needs to be his.

‘James Bond is a role made for British actors and you won’t find a British actor who has the talent of Idris. To be honest you won’t find many anywhere who have his talent. ‘Artists should be visionaries. A black James Bond would be visionary no doubt. Something that 30 years ago would have seemed crazy should now be something that is a real possibility.’

While some have argued that Idris could never portray the famous spy because he’s black, the actor finally spoke up over the weekend when he shared a humorous selfie.

The British actor posted a picture of himself to Twitter with the message: ‘Isn’t 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New year people.’

The subject of the next 007 became a global debate after leaked emails from the Sony hack suggested Idris could take over from Daniel Craig. Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal allegedly told a top executive at Columbia Pictures, which distributes the Bond films, that ‘Idris should be the next Bond’.

While the majority of film fans have welcomed the suggestion, a minority have been enraged by the suggestion.

Some comments have been purely racist in content, but others have pointed to the intentions of the author, Ian Fleming, who created a spy in the likeness of white singer and actor Hoagy Carmichael, as well as a few characteristics of himself.

However, it wasn’t until after the release of Dr. No in cinemas - in which Scottish actor Sean Connery originated the role - that Fleming gave Bond any sort of family background.

When writing You Only Live Twice, the spy’s parents were given as Andrew Bond, from the village of Glencoe, Scotland, and Monique Delacroix, from the canton of Vaud, Switzerland, to fit with Connery’s interpretation of the role.

Following the death of his parents, Bond goes to live with his aunt, Miss Charmian Bond, in the village of Pett Bottom, and after being kicked out of Eton, James heads to Fettes College in Scotland, his father’s school.

Fleming also alludes to his own personal upbringing by having Bond briefly attend the University of Geneva, before being taught to ski in Kitzbühel, however the casting of later Bonds haven’t exactly gone with the writer’s intentions.