Jamie Foxx Volunteers To Be First Black James Bond
First Published: November 19, 2008 4:36 PM EST Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Following Barack Obama’s election as the first African-American president in U.S. history, 007 star Daniel Craig suggested it was time for the first black James Bond.
“I think the role could easily be played by a black actor, because the character created by Ian Fleming in the Fifties has undergone a great deal of evolution and continues to be updated,” Craig told the Agi news service, as quoted by the U.K.’s Telegraph.
But if the appearance of the legendary superspy is about to change – who would be the ideal candidate to fill the role?
In a poll conducted by AccessHollywood.com, viewers said Will Smith was their overwhelming favorite to step into the role, giving Will 56 percent of the vote.
Coming in second was Djimon Hounsou with 21 percent, while Terrence Howard finished third (14 percent) and Diddy fourth (9 percent).
But one star that wasn’t included in the poll, who would love the chance to tackle the role of 007, is Jamie Foxx.
“Of course!” Jamie told Access, when asked if he could see himself playing the part. “I’d put a little swing in it. A little hip-hop, you know.”
And while Jamie said the British accent isn’t a problem for him, there is one key Bond component he’d have to change.
“Maybe not drinking martinis, but drinking some Hennessey maybe,” Jamie joked. “Bond would drink dark liquor.”
In fact, the star of such films as “Miami Vice,” “Ray” and “Collateral” said he’s already seen fans go crazy over the idea of having a black bond.
“I was in London and I had to give an award to Daniel Craig… and I went up and said, ‘Bond. Black Bond.’ And everybody just lost it,” Jamie added. “Black Bond would be cool.”
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