Our colleague Christoph Lindner was recently in interview with the CBC about the controversy around the casting of the next 007:
Anthony Horowitz, the writer behind the continuing Bond novel franchise, recently described actor Idris Elba as “too street” to play James Bond and later apologised for it. The controversial remark has sparked a larger conversation about the immovability of the 007 archetype. The suave secret service agent has been played by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig — and, like them, Elba is handsome, popular and British. So what’s the problem? Christoph Lindner outlines the casting controversy and what it reveals about the way James Bond is seen by producers and the public.