Diddy films Bond audition tape (+video)
Rap star P Diddy spent NZ$1.4 million filming an audition tape in a bid to replace Daniel Craig and become the first black actor to play secret agent James Bond.
The music mogul - who previously admitted he would like to be the first Black 007 - flew from New York to the South of France to shoot the footage, which shows him wearing a tuxedo as he is joined in a helicopter by two scantily-clad women.
In the video, which he posted on video sharing website YouTube, P Diddy said: “I would like to also announce that this is my audition tape for the next James Bond. I feel like I am best suited to be the next James Bond.
"I've been out there getting my hustle on in Hollywood - I just landed a role on ‘CSI: Miami’. We have a black president and it's time for there to be a black Bond."
A source added: "He has already sent the audition tape to Bond executives."
The 39-year-old rapper also uses the video, in which he is also seen donning a silk dressing gown as he relaxes on his yacht, to promote his new fragrance, I Am King.
He added: "This fragrance is dedicated to Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King and all you men out there who take care of your families and respect and treat yourself like the Kings that we are all."
Daniel Craig, who played the suave spy in Casino Royale and most recent film Quantum of Solace, recently claimed Obama becoming the first African-American President of the United States has paved the way for his successor to be black.
He said: "I'm a real fan of Obama because I like his political ideas. And I think it's the right moment for a black James Bond. If we can have a black US President, I think we might have reached the moment for a new kind of 007.
"I think the role could easily be played by a black actor, because the character created by Ian Fleming in the 50s has undergone a great deal of evolution and continues to be updated."
* Watch P Diddy's Bond audition tape below: