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David Oyelowo to play James Bond – on audiobook

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The "Selma" star says the Ian Fleming estate asked him

The latest Bond movie is out in November

CNN  — 

Don’t start celebrating the first black James Bond just yet.

According to The Guardian, British “Selma” star David Oyelowo says he’s been picked to portray Bond and other characters in the audiobook version of the upcoming novel “Trigger Mortis.”

David Oyelowo

The book was written by Anthony Horowitz and approved by Bond creator Ian Fleming’s estate. Oyelowo says he also got the stamp of approval.

“I was asked specifically by the Fleming estate, which is really special,” he told The Guardian.

Many fans have expressed a desire to see British actor Idris Elba as the first black big-screen Bond. But Oyelowo won’t even be the first black Bond on audiobook; Hugh Quarshie starred as the secret agent in 2012 for the audiobook version of “Dr. No.”

Daniel Craig stars as superspy 007 in the movie franchise and will next be seen in “Spectre,” which hits theaters November 6.