Oyelowo becomes the first black 007 … sort of.
David Oyelowo is set to become the first black James Bond. At least in audiobook form.
The Guardian reports the English actor has been selected to voice 007 in Trigger Mortis, an official Bond book written by Anthony Horowitz, and commissioned by the Ian Fleming estate, to be released on Sept. 8.
Oyelowo’s voice casting was a direct invitation from the Fleming estate, and the actor said he was “very honored” to be chosen. “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 said.
He added: “I was asked specifically by the Fleming estate, which is really special.”