James Bond was established by Ian Fleming as a white character, played by white actors. Play 003 or 006, but you cannot be 007. A lot of people say we should be allowed to play everything. Don’t be ridiculous. If I say I want to play JFK, I should be laughed out of the room. Black men should stop trying to play roles created by whites. These roles are not written for black men. We have pens [to create] roles that no one else has established.
Yaphet Kotto, "Former 007 villain Yaphet Kotto says James Bond cannot be black", Ben Child, The Guardian, 8 April 2015.