'I'd been shielded from racial tension, but when we moved I felt it full whack.Meanwhile, as talk of a first black James Bond are making the rounds, rumour has it Idris Elba could be in for the role.
'Mate, if you were Indian or black you were getting it.
'Eggs thrown at you, the whole thing.'
The American director Ridley, 51, appeared to drop the bombshell Elba is set for Bond when he was at the premiere of their new Sky Atlantic series last week.
'Idris is pretty much becoming a national treasure for every country. We couldn't have done it without him.
'It was a pleasure, he's a gentleman. I can't wait to see him as James Bond quite frankly.' For his part, Idris thinks it's all just rumours. He said: 'Oh my god, I have no idea why he said that. That's another six months of the rumour, oh well.'