Of all the incriminating Sony emails leaked in the hack, the one Rush Limbaugh took the most issue with? The fact that executives suggested Idris Elba as the next James Bond.
During his show this week, Limbaugh brought up the exchange and immediately rejected the idea because the Luther star is black. “James Bond was invented, created by Ian Fleming, a former spy, MI6, and James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish, period. That is who James Bond is,” the host said. “But now Sony is suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton rather than a white from Scotland. But that’s not who James Bond is, and I know it’s racist to probably even point this out.”
Yet he continued, “We had 50 years of white Bonds because Bond is white. Bond was never black. Ian Fleming never created a black Brit to play James Bond. The character was always white. He was always Scottish. He always drank vodka shaken not stirred and all that.”
Limbaugh then went on, mocking the idea that the franchise would cast Elba to “get hip” and went on to joke about George Clooney playing President Obama or Kelsey Grammer as Nelson Mandela because clearly fictional characters and historical figures are the same thing. It should also be pointed out that while the first Bond was played by the Scottish Sean Connery, Roger Moore is English and Pierce Brosnan is Irish, something Limbaugh didn’t know or clearly forgot.