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David Oyelowo to Voice James Bond

While eyes have never seen a Black James Bond, ears will certainly hear one. David Oyelowo will play the renowned secret service agent, and other characters, in the audiobook Trigger Mortis. 

The novel, written by Anthony Horowitz, is the latest to be commissioned by the estate of Ian Fleming, the creator of the 007 spy.

In fact, the Selma actor was specifically asked to take on the role by the Fleming family, “which is really special,” he said.

“I am officially the only person on planet Earth who can legitimately say: ‘I am the new James Bond’ – even saying that name is the cinematic equivalent of doing the ‘to be or not to be’ speech,’” he told the The Guardian.

Pick up your copy of Trigger Mortis when it becomes available Sept. 8.

Congrats, Oyelowo!