NIGERIAN DAVID OYELOWO LANDS ROLE AS JAMES BOND

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Nigerian-born actor, David Oyelowo, has become the first black man in history to land the role of James Bond, the fictional British Service Secret agent.

The 39-year-old on Wednesday broke the news of his landmark achievement, adding that he will join the long line of actors—from Roger Moore to Sean Connery to Pierce Brosnan to Daniel Craig—who have portrayed Ian Fleming’s legendary secret agent, James Bond.

The difference is that the role won’t require Oyelowo to don Bond’s dapper formalwear, as he’s booked not for a movie but an audiobook.

Born in Oxford to Nigerian parents, Oyelowo, who has worked as an actor for more than 15 years, rose to fame for his depiction of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s Selma, released in 2014.

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.”

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