Rumours and speculation get us more and more pumped for releases. Whether it’s speculation on features and collaborations on an album, or the casting in a huge movie. Those two worlds collided yesterday when A$AP Rocky threw his hat into the James Bond ring. Yes, you read that right.
The New York based rapper, who is already moving into the acting world with his debut performance in Dope – out towards the end of the year in the U.S – explained why he thinks he can handle the title of 007 to Esquire Magazine.
“We need a black James Bond,” he claimed. “I’d get the job done and I’ll look better than any other Bond that has ever lived. All I need is a six-pack. I’m too conceited. We don’t need the whole world to be full of themselves but it works for me. No one else looks like this. That’s what makes me so special.” Bond is no stranger to action as well – and Rocky sounds like he’ll have to do a bit more basic training if he was take on the role. “I’d been in a group fight,” he says, “this kid pulled out a gun and was hitting people with the butt of it. My worst injury was falling off my bike when I was eight. I chipped a tooth.”
Rocky’s character in Dope is not particularly Bond-ish either. ‘Dom’ is one of the antagonists of the film, a dealer who screws the main character over a number of times before he gets what’s coming to him (though it’s all about that acting range). That said, A$AP can definitely do class. The video for L$D, a single from his latest release A.L.L.A (AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP) is classy as anything, and definitely one of the best video clips of the year so far. Though it is the depiction of an acid trip, Rocky makes it look so Bond throughout. Maybe that was him rehearsing?
So maybe he is the right man for the job? We won’t know till he gets a chance. With Spectre, the latest instalment in the James Bond franchise coming out later this year, Daniel Craig has atleast one more movie under his belt before Rocky takes it. James Bond: Flacko Jodye, 2018. You heard it here first.