LONDON, October 27, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - James Bond can't be gay, according to 007 legend Sir Roger Moore.
The 88-year-old English actor — who portrayed the British Secret Service agent seven times between 1973 and 1985 — voiced his opinion in a recent interview with the Daily Mail, insisting that 007 could never be presented as a gay man or be played by a woman.
According to Moore, to do this would contradict the character as created by Bond author Ian Fleming.
"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," the actor stated. "It is not about being homophobic or, for that matter, racist — it is simply about being true to the character."
Moore, currently the longest-running Bond, insisted that "political correctness" must not be accommodated and that Bond must stay a straight, Caucasian man.
His opinion, however, is at odds with those of fellow Bond actors.
When Pierce Brosnan — who portrayed 007 from 1995 to 2002 — was asked about a gay Bond, he responded "Sure, why not?" but added that he doubted producers would allow it. "I don't know how it would work," he admitted. "I don't think Barbara [Broccoli, the James Bond producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing."
Last week, current Bond Daniel Craig, in response to the question of whether the character could be black, female or gay, stated, "Anything's possible. You can do anything as long as it's credible and it works."
This isn't the first time Moore has come to the defense of the iconic character.
In March, when asked by French magazine Paris Match if Bond should remain English, he said, "Even though James has been played by a Scotsman, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he has to remain English-English."
This sparked controversy and accusations of racism, as the headline of the article discussed the possibility of black British actor Idris Elba succeeding Daniel Craig. Moore insists, however, that his quote was taken out of context and that he wasn't talking about Elba, only Bond's nationality.
Spectre, the 24th installment in the James Bond film series, held its world premiere in London Monday evening, with the Royal Family in attendance, and is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on November 6.