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David Oyelowo has signed on to voice James Bond in the audiobook for the novel Trigger Mortis. (Getty Images)

We can’t blame British actor David Oyelowo for saying loud and proud that he is the new James Bond, having been asked by the Ian Fleming estate to voice 007 in the recording of a new Bond novel Trigger Mortis, reports The Independent.

Oyelowo (Selma, Interstellar) thought it was really “special” to be approached by the original author Ian Fleming’s estate, receiving their stamp of approval.

The latest installment in the Bond series has been written by author Anthony Horowitz, who penned the Alex Rider young adult series and created the TV series Foyle’s War.

Oyelowo elaborates on his role, saying, “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 talked about nonwhite actors portraying Bond, also in regards to squashed rumors that Idris Elba might take on the screen role, saying, “Because films and TV affect culture, a black Bond would be a cultural event, a statement, beyond just entertainment.”

If you need a reminder of what his voice sounds like, here’s Oyelowo telling a funny story about his dad mispronouncing Oprah’s name:

He has the voice and a splendid personality.

Are you excited for David Oyelowo and his new gig?

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By Brigid Brown