You serious? White America loves them some Denzel. He is definitely a black dude that whites feel "comfortable" with. You'd have an argument if it was 50 cent trying to play James Bond but Denzel has had a lot of successful movies..
That's not the point. Does the majority of "white america" love them some Denzel? I'm sure they do, just like the majority of "black america" love them some Denzel. My issue isn't with the rational and reasonable.
You said that there would be NO racial backlash, and I'm saying that's simply not true.
Not only would you have the people who aren't being racist, but just have always considered Bond to be a white guy and mistakenly compare that situation to a white guy playing Shaft, but you also have those who are absolutely racist and are offended at the idea of a black guy playing that role, or any role that was originally a white person.
I was in a thread on a bluray forum where there was talk of Will Smith and Diddy talking about wanting to be the 1st black James Bond and the people there were losing their fu*king minds over it, and pulling the "oh why not Jim Carrey as Malcolm X" and dumb sh*t like that.
Trust me, man. No matter how many white people love Denzel, there's a whole sh*tload who are racist as fu*k and will never sit by silently as they get that role or any high profile role that has historically been white.