Meet the first official black James Bond

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Actor David Oyelowo becomes first black James Bond

BRITISH ACTOR David Oyelowo has become the first black actor to play James Bond… in an official audiobook.

Although his performance will be heard rather than seen, it’s still a landmark casting.

The Oxford-raised star will voice an official Bond book following a direct invitation from the estate of 007’s creator, Ian Fleming, The Guardian reported.

This follows long-standing rumours that fellow black British actor Idris Elba is in line to replace Daniel Craig.

Selma star Oyelowo will play Bond, and other characters, in the audiobook version of Trigger Mortis, written by Anthony Horowitz and commissioned by the Ian Fleming estate.

Describing himself as “very honoured”, Oyelowo said: “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: “I was asked specifically by the Fleming estate, which is really special.”

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