Roger Moore says gay or female Bond wouldn’t be ‘true to the character’

Actor had previously suggested that Idris Elba was not 'English enough' to play Bond

Roger Moore has dismissed the idea of the next James Bond being portrayed as homosexual or played by a woman.

Moore, who was Bond in seven films between 1973 and 1985, told the Daily Mail: “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”.

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

Moore recently sparked controversy when he said that a black actor like Idris Elba would not be “English-English” enough to play Bond.

He said: “A few years ago, I said that Cuba Gooding Jnr would make an excellent Bond, but it was a joke! Although James may have been played by a Scot, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he should be ‘English-English'”.

Meanwhile, Anthony Horowitz, the author of the latest Bond novel Trigger Mortis, recently apologised for a previous statement in which he called Idris Elba “too street” to play Bond.

New Bond film Spectre is being released in the UK and Ireland on Monday (October 26). It will then open in cinemas internationally on various later dates, with its US release scheduled for November 6.