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Roger Moore denies racist 'Bond' comments

Former 007 star Roger Moore has come under fire for his comments about Idris Elba

Roger Moore, Idris Elba

British actor Idris is hotly rumoured to be next in line to play suave secret agent James Bond, but a former 007 doesn't seem to approve of the choice.

In a recent interview with Paris Match, former Bond star Roger Moore apparently dismissed the idea as "interesting" but "unrealistic".

"A few years ago, I said that Cuba Gooding Jnr would make an excellent Bond, but it was a joke!" he reportedly said.

"Although James may have been played by a Scot, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he should be ‘English-English’."

Those comments drew immediate criticism, with many wondering why London-born actor Idris wasn't considered 'English' enough for the part.

Roger, who played James Bond in a total of seven films between 1973 and 1985, has now denied giving those quotes and says they were taken out of context.

According to him, he was simply "agreeing" with a journalist who asked if the iconic spy should be English.

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