Roger Moore says political correctness has gone too far 27



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If you’ve ever visited Beijing’s Forbidden Palace, you may have been surprised to hear the dulcet tones of Roger Moore providing the English audio tour. His voice is instantly recognisable as the one, true voice of Bond, James Bond.

And that’s just the way it should be, according to the sultry-voiced Briton.

He has firmly shut down suggestions that future James Bond actors deviate from the script.

“I have heard people talk about how there should be a lady Bond or a gay Bond, but they wouldn’t be Bond for the simple reason that wasn’t what Ian Fleming wrote,” Moore told the Mail on Sunday.

“It is not about being homophobic or, for that matter, racist – it is simply about being true to the character,” he said.

Moore played Bond in seven of the films and said that political correctness meant villains just weren’t the same these days.

“There is a danger always of causing offence. I suppose you could just about get away with a villain from Burkina Faso, but that’s about it,” he said.


Roger Moore recently had to defend himself after the 88-year-old made comments that could have been perceived as racist. He was quotes as saying Bind should be played by an “English-English” actor, in response to suggestions Cuba Gooding Jr. or, apparently, Idris Elba play the iconic role.

Moore took to Twitter to say he had been misquoted.

“When a journalist asks if ‘Bond should be English’ and you agree, then quotes you saying it about Idris Elba it’s out of context,” he tweeted.

Tell us, do you think political correctness has gone too far and should leave the Bond films alone? And who’s your favourite Bond of all time?

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  1. It’s true that the James Bond series needs to maintain crucial elements otherwise it is no longer true to the theme. I’ve been a fan all my life and will love to see it continue.

  2. Please, Bond is not politically correct and I think that is the appeal. When you are fighting a master villain and master spy PC goes out the window. Keep Bond the way that Fleming wrote him. Sean Connery is my favourite Bond.

  3. James Bond should be English and a ladies man. Bond movies have been entertaining and far fetched. That’s why people love them. I have and will continue to enjoy them as long as they continue with the same formula.

  4. Oh for goodness sake, Ian Fleming was English, James Bond is English and always has been. What’s racist about saying that English actors should play him? I think the Bond series reached its use-by date a long time ago.

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