December 23, 2014 10:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]In the hacked Sony emails the possibility of black actor Idris Elba playing James Bond was leaked. This upset Rush Limbaugh.

“James Bond is a fictional character, obviously,” Limbaugh told his listeners of the spy character created by Ian Fleming. “He was white and Scottish, period.”

“I know it’s racist to probably even point this out,” the host continued, uttering the beginning of a sentence that should probably never be finished, “but the franchise needs to get with it!” He added, “We had 50 years of white Bonds because Bond was white!”

After a detour through Jay Z’s favorite drink (“Crystal?”) Limbaugh suggested the casting would be analogous to casting George Clooney and Kate Hudson as President Barack Obama and First LadyMichelle Obama. Or how about Kelsey Grammar as Nelson Mandela? He then suggested Rob Reiner as “early” Al Sharpton. And George C. Scott (who’s dead) as Colin Powell and Scarlett Johansson as Condoleezza Rice. And so on…

Limbaugh admitted that all those people are real-life figures and James Bond is a made-up character. But in his view, 007 has always been white and should stay that way.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

54 responses to Limbaugh Rails Against Black James Bond

  1. tracey marie December 23rd, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I think edris is a yummy yummy man and will make a great bond.

    • FrankenPC . December 23rd, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      He’s an awesome actor. Intense and gritty. Perfect.

      • tracey marie December 23rd, 2014 at 10:23 pm

        and Handsome!

        • FrankenPC . December 23rd, 2014 at 10:41 pm

          “Oh Bond! You’re so…rugged!”

          • tracey marie December 23rd, 2014 at 11:44 pm


          • Khary A December 24th, 2014 at 10:11 am

            Is that an Action Hank reference?

          • FrankenPC . December 24th, 2014 at 11:50 am

            Monty Python I think. I’ve never seen Action Hank. Funny?

    • tiredoftea December 23rd, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      We expect a full report!

      • tracey marie December 23rd, 2014 at 10:23 pm

        lol, I wish I could get that man.

        • whatthe46 December 23rd, 2014 at 10:48 pm

          STAND IN LINE!!!!

          • tracey marie December 23rd, 2014 at 11:44 pm

            I do believe the lines would be long if he were bond

          • whatthe46 December 24th, 2014 at 12:06 am


          • rg9rts December 24th, 2014 at 3:21 am

            Calm down ladies and take a number

  2. FrankenPC . December 23rd, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Actually..wasn’t Bond a “007”? Which means anyone can take his place and become another 007? It’s more like a job title?

    • tiredoftea December 23rd, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      Well, no. It’s sequential numbering thing at MI6. When Bond dies, the next agent is 008.

      • FrankenPC . December 23rd, 2014 at 10:42 pm

        Ahh. There goes my theory party pooper.

        • whatthe46 December 23rd, 2014 at 11:02 pm


        • mea_mark December 24th, 2014 at 8:46 am

          They could get in Obama’s time machine and go back to before the original ‘007’ took the job. So really, with Obama’s help, anyone could be ‘007’.

      • whatthe46 December 23rd, 2014 at 10:47 pm

        they were not all scottish though. i’m “black” my husband (passed) was full scot and so our son is 1/2 scot. he’s a hottie. he’s very proud of his scottish heritage, when he’s older he could play 007. now, that would make rusty’s head spin. (ok, i see green pea soup again) lol

        • whatthe46 December 23rd, 2014 at 10:50 pm

          oh. and my son is almost 19, 6′ tall, with dreads.

          • Hirightnow December 23rd, 2014 at 10:59 pm

            Don’t take this wrong, but mentioning dreadsput a picture in my mind of a fully Rastafarian Idris Elba saying “Bond, mon. And I and I would deeply prefer a martini that be shaken, yeah”?

          • whatthe46 December 23rd, 2014 at 11:32 pm

            LOL. no i didn’t take it wrong.

    • Dwendt44 December 24th, 2014 at 12:04 am

      I was under the impression that there were several ’00’ agents at any one time. Each ‘slot’ was filled with a new agent should one retire or get killed off. Wasn’t there a book/film with one of the other ’00’ agents in it?

      • FrankenPC . December 24th, 2014 at 12:08 am

        Yeah. I’ve heard of other 00 numbers. But, I didn’t really get the impression that they were continuously counting upwards though. Like a unique identifier.

  3. tiredoftea December 23rd, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Poor, old Rushie. He has no IRS, no Benghazi, no Fast &Furious, no bad economy, no Obamacare destroying the economy. What’s a pasty, overweight white boy to do?

    • neworleans878 December 23rd, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Continue lecturing about morality, divorce wife #4, sign new pre-nup and marry wife #5?

  4. gil reyes December 23rd, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I don’t want to start an argument. But I have always known James Bond as a white guy. And I am not a Racist.. It would be kinda odd. I dont know if it would work. I would wait for it to come out on Video.

  5. Obewon December 23rd, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Idris Elba is a far better actor and scholar than Rusty the racist per Limbaughs’s mom:’Rusty failed everything during his one month at college, even ballroom dancing!’-Mother of all Limbots.

  6. whatthe46 December 23rd, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    i love idris. rusty is a fk’n anus aperture! PERIOD!

  7. Hirightnow December 23rd, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Not surprising that Rush has a hard time understanding the concept of “fiction”…

    • Dwendt44 December 24th, 2014 at 12:01 am

      I don’t know why, he’s been spouting fiction for years and getting paid handsomely for doing so. Of course, the line between fiction and reality has always been pretty thin in his case anyway.

  8. Chinese Democracy December 23rd, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    as long as Bond doesnt turn into Sinbad or something.

  9. Chinese Democracy December 23rd, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I want to yank that wire out of the side of Rush’s head and jam it into a light socket

    • rg9rts December 24th, 2014 at 3:18 am

      I have another orifice in mind

  10. FrankenPC . December 23rd, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    This article got me thinking. As we know, that’s a dangerous thing!

    When I was younger, I would be upset about something like this. Trying to wrap my brain about Bond suddenly being not-white would be aesthetically disturbing to me. Now that I’m older and know more about archetypes and sub-text to much of the narrative we consume daily from media, I’m OK with it AS LONG AS he IS BOND. We all know what “Bondness” is. Cool, calculating, sly, handsome, slick, funny, and an actual super agent…deadly. And of course he’s got the je ne sais quoi by the truck load.

    I WILL be pissed if he doesn’t pull it off though. But this particular actor seems like a primo candidate, so probably not much to worry about.

  11. starskeptic December 23rd, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    No doubt Idris Elba has enough cool to pull this off and then some.

  12. Robert M. Snyder December 23rd, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I’m still trying to get used to Penny’s suddenly-shortened hair on Big Bang Theory. The Penny I know and love has *long* hair, dag nabbit!

  13. R J December 24th, 2014 at 12:05 am

    This is the problem with being a right winger,you have to wake up each and everyday and find a reason to spew your vile racist hate for the changing world around you,and know that the world is leaving your behind,and no one really cares how mad you are.

    • Candide Thirtythree December 26th, 2014 at 2:11 am

      Sounds exhausting!

  14. fancypants December 24th, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Both the leaker and rush are stupid fools

  15. rg9rts December 24th, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Just wait till the moron finds out that Jesus was Jewish ! LOL

  16. CHOCOL8MILK December 24th, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Jesus wasn’t white…why doesn’t he rail against that as well? Jesus was a Jew. He looked more like any other Middle Eastern brown/bronze skinned long black haired sheep herder from that time period/region than he did a white skinned, blue eyed, blonde haired, man. What an ass hat complaining about a fictional character being portrayed incorrectly, while letting the Jesus the man be portrayed incorrectly (and enforcing it).

  17. Carla Akins December 24th, 2014 at 5:36 am

    When I heard this, I immediately thought it was a fantastic idea. Yes, he is super yummy and he definitely has the chops to pull it off. I had no issue with the casting change in my head –
    Over on Twitter, our friend Tengrain proposed Bond as a woman and I was unable to wrap my head around that idea. I’m not sure what that says about me, maybe I just have to warm to the idea. :-/

    • Blogvader December 24th, 2014 at 7:17 am

      I’ll admit that, at first, I didn’t like the idea. As a comic book nerd, I’ve seen a lot of my beloved characters race-swapped in service to political correctness, and it’s diminished the quality of some in my mind.

      Then, I look at my little brothers, who are black, dressed up as the Hulk and Iron Man, and I suddenly care a whole lot less.

      Idris Elba would be an awesome Bond, plain and simple.

    • Bill December 24th, 2014 at 10:23 am

      If you can, check him out in the Ultra Violet series

  18. William December 24th, 2014 at 5:45 am

    So the 4 times married racist who drugged him self deaf, avoided military service for a boil on his ass, flunked out of community college and got busted for smuggling Viagra is offended by the skin color of a fictitious character in a spy series? I wonder where it all got started.

  19. Tommy6860 December 24th, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Oh FFS! This is the same outrage the bigots had losing it over a black girl playing Annie. They can’t differentiate fictional characters from real characters (like comparing a white man portraying Obama in Limpballs analogy) when they attempt to justify their racism. #WhitePrivilege.

  20. arc99 December 24th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    In the latest incarnation of the character with Daniel Craig (who in my opinion is the best Bond ever, sorry Sean), M was a woman. So why couldn’t Bond be the son of immigrants who had emigrated to Scotland?

  21. Larry Schmitt December 24th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    If his objection is that the original was white and Scottish, the only one who fits that mold (mould?) is Connery. Pierce Brosnan is Irish, isn’t he? They own the rights, they can do whatever they want. His objection is the same as with a black Santa. He doesn’t want to see blah people get jobs.

  22. Denise December 24th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Frankly, I don’t give a Damon about Limbaugh’s opinion regarding this, or any other issue he feels does not fit neatly into his narrow-minded, racists, lying, pill popping, white, fat pass! Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond book series, and all the Bonds were probably white, and a part of the Scottish elite. Fleming’s was born into the Scottish aristocracy, so in Limbaugh’s world, all Bond characters would be upper class Scottish toffs
    If Limbaugh even knows Fleming’s was born privileged, I doubt he does. That means Connery, though Scottish did not qualify cuz he’s from a working class background. Pierce Bronson is Irish, Roger Moore, is English born, but I think Moore is Irish name. So too was Daniels, all Irish, minus Connery

    The new Annie is black, and up for an award, he probably hates that too. Tough.

  23. No way out December 24th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    The clown also makes a false comparison when he suggests the absurdity of white actors playing “Living” Black historical figures. He’s back on the tablets

  24. EmilyS December 24th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I think it’d be interesting to portray 007 as a black man. However, I think they would need a story as to why 007 suddenly is black. Like if Daniel Craig retired as 007 or something and they needed a new 007. I think that would then be kickass.

  25. Gadea December 25th, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Idris Elba was great in Luther. He would make a great James Bond.