Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com
Nigerian-born British actor David Oyelowo has been named as the second black person to play James Bond.
The actor was named as the new Bond Thursday. His role, according an announcement, will be on an audio release and not on video.
The Nigerian-born actor, who was the star of Martin Luther King Jnr movie, ‘Selma’, was announced for the role after long standing rumours that actor Idris Elba was going to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond on video.
Daniel Craig’s role as James Bond is expected to end after two movie releases of the popular franchise.
David Oyelowo won’t be the first black to play the Bond role.
Ghanaian-born British actor Hugh (Anthony) Quarshie played the character in 2012 when he read the audiobook version of Dr No.
The Guardian quoted an honoured Oyelowo as saying after the announcement that, “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.”
“I was asked specifically by the Fleming estate, which is really special,” he added.
David Oyelowo noted that, “A titan on screen, he has all the qualities that you’d want in a James Bond. Because films and TV affect culture, a black Bond would be a cultural event … a statement … beyond just entertainment.”
The James Bond series focuses on a fictional British Secret Service agent created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short-story collections.
Since Fleming’s death in 1964, seven other authors have written authorised Bond novels or novelizations: Kingsley Amis, Christopher Wood, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, Jeffery Deaver and William Boyd, with a further instalment due in September 2015 by Anthony Horowitz.
The James Bond character has also been adapted for television, radio, comic strip, video games and film.
The films are the longest continually running and the third-highest-grossing film series to date, which started in 1962 with Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as Bond.
As of 2015, there have been twenty-three films in the Eon Productions series.
The most recent Bond film, Skyfall (2012), stars Daniel Craig in his third portrayal of Bond; he is the sixth actor to play Bond in the Eon series.
There have also been two independent productions of Bond films: Casino Royale (a 1967 spoof) and Never Say Never Again (a 1983 remake of an earlier Eon-produced film, Thunderball).