David Oyelowo will play James Bond in an audiobook of Trigger Mortis. Thursday’s announcement follows continuing rumours that Idris Elba is in line to replace Daniel Craig when his time as Bond on the big screen comes to an end, potentially in two movies’ time. Oyelowo will play Bond, and other characters, in the audiobook version of Anthony Horowitz’s James Bond novel, which is commissioned by the Ian Fleming estate.
Oyelowo said he was “very honoured” and 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”. He added that, “I was asked specifically by the Fleming estate, which is really special”, describing his Bond as “a man who is very self-assured” but not perfect. Perhaps this is a step in the right direction to getting the first black James Bond?