David Oyelowo to play James Bond … after landing audiobook role

David Oyelowo has been lined up to narrate the audio version of Anthony Horowitz’s new James Bond novel.
“I am officially the only person on planet Earth who can legitimately say ‘I am the new James Bond’,” he said.

Horowitz, whose novel Trigger Mortis is published on 8 September, said it was “an honour to have an actor as talented as David to read my take on Bond”.

Oyelowo starred in BBC spy drama Spooks and played Martin Luther King in Selma.

The 39-year-old said it had been “really special” to be “specifically” offered the job by the Ian Fleming estate.

“Even saying” James Bond’s name, he went on, was “the cinematic equivalent of doing the ‘To be or not to be’ speech” from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Horowitz said the actor – who was born in Oxford and is of Nigerian descent – had “a brilliant voice and talent for bringing out the nuances of dialogue and characters”.