Well, P.Diddy has repeatedly said that it’s time for an African-American James Bond*, so if the tabloids thought they could make it stick, they’d no doubt run a story about Lewis Hamilton playing James Bond in a film where he has to prevent a royal scandal.
*Nobody took him seriously, though. During the early 1990s, Diddy was a producer for some of the breakthrough hip-hop artists when the genre first came to public consciousness. He was, in some respects, a voice for a generation. But as the genre expanded, more influential artists emerged, and they signed with other labels. Diddy’s power waned, and he couldn’t really stand the notion that there were influential African-Americans out there and he was not one of them (he cited Barack Obama and Lewis Hamilton as said influential African-Americans; yes, I know Lewis Hamilton is not African-American, but Diddy apparently doesn’t). So he started calling for an African-American to be cast as James Bond, naturally putting himself forward as the ideal candidate for the role, because Diddy can’t stand the thought of not being an influential African-American, and James Bond has been a major part of film culture for the past fifty years. He even submitted what he called a “demo tape” (even though EON was not looking for a new actor, having just cast Daniel Craig), for his new brand of cologne “I Am King” (which he dedicated to the likes of Obama and Marthin Luther King – once again, grouping himself with powerful, influential African-American men), which was basically him standing on a yacht playing roulette, riding jet-skis in suits and being surrounded by bikini-clad models for ten minutes with a pretentious monologue about his product delivered in a monotone. I’ve seen him “act” in the reimagined “Hawaii Five-0″, and I have to say that EON dodged a massive bullet by not casting him. Not that they ever gave any indication that they were even aware of Diddy’s desire to be James Bond.
And this footnote is going to become something of a note itself.