David Oyelowo to be the first black James Bond

  • PTI, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2015 14:08 IST

Actor David Oyelowo has been selected to play James Bond, the first black actor to do so. However, you will only get to hear him -- the Selma actor will voice James Bond in Trigger Mortis, an official 007 book written by Anthony Horowitz. Oyelowo's voice casting was a direct invitation from the Fleming estate, and the 39-year-old actor said he was "very honoured" to be chosen for the same, said the Hollywood Reporter.

"I am officially the only person on planet Earth who can legitimately say: 'I am the new James Bond' — even saying that name is the cinematic equivalent of doing the 'to be or not to be' speech," he said.

"I was asked specifically by the Fleming estate, which is really special," he added. Speculation over the casting of a first black Bond onscreen refuses to abate, with Luther star Idris Elba continually linked with the role despite ruling himself out on numerous occasions. Craig is set to play the iconic MI6 spy one more time after Spectre, which hits theatres on November 6.

Oyelowo played the MI5 officer Danny Hunter in the BBC TV drama Spooks and was acclaimed for his performance as Martin Luther King in Selma.

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