Controversial U.S. President Donald Trump has unexpectedly waded into the long-running debate about who should play the next James Bond.
Sources close to Trump said that he was a big fan of Idris Elba, having become an obsessive watcher of BBC detective drama Luther over the past month.
Trump allegedly cited the fact that Elba is black as one of the key drivers behind his offer of support.
He said: “Though his casting would be a historic moment in the 007 franchise, Elba actually feels less a “Black Bond” than a natural Bond who happens to be black.“
The newly-elected U.S. President is said to be such a fan of Elba that he purchased the entire front row of seats at Elba’s kickboxing debut at York Hall in London on 1 October 2016.
Madonna, a fierce critic of Trump, was also in attendance that night. It is said that the two ‘bond-ed’ over the fact they wanted Elba to play the English super-spy.
Trump also slammed bookies favourite Tom Hiddlestone’s chances of becoming the next Bond, citing the very public nature of Hiddlestone’s recent relationship with Taylor Swift as ‘lacking the discretion and class of Bond’ and the movie star’s privileged upbringing.
Echoing Judi Dench, a former star of the Bond franchise, Trump lamented the fact that financial barriers have made the acting profession more elitist. Trump has pledged to start up a new fund dedicated to helping working class actors, like Elba, achieve their dreams.