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Idris Elba As the Next James Bond? Do Want!

Skyfall‘s Naomie Harris had something interesting to say when asked in an interview with The Huffington Post about the possibility of a black James Bond. Namely, that fellow Londoner Idris Elba (The Wire, Thor, Prometheus, Pacific Rim) might be up for the role after Daniel Craig leaves.

Yes, please!

Says Harris:

I didn’t realize that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris [Elba] and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli [James Bond producer] and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond. And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he’s a great guy.

Note that Harris doesn’t say Elba spoke with Broccoli specifically about being cast at James Bond. And even if that discussion were underway, Craig’s still under contract for two more Bond films, so whoever ends up playing Bond after him probably won’t take the reins until, as Indiewire calculates, at least 2018. Idris Elba will be 46 then, making him eight years older than Craig was when he took up the role. And even if age weren’t an issue (which I don’t think it should be, as Elba would be a perfect Bond regardless), a lot can happen in six years. So who knows?

I for one am kind of distressed by this news, because now if Elba isn’t the next James Bond I’ll just be disappointed by whomever they do cast. Elba is 007 for me now. Headcanon: Acquired.

Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment.

(via: Indiewire)

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  • Aubrey Calvert


  • Dana DeRuyck

    AGREED. This needs to happen.

  • Christa Smith

    yes. I didn’t like Craig at first, but he grew on me. Idris wouldn’t need to grow on me. Not on screen anyway! whew!

  • nitsapizza

    Great article, but there was a small piece of it that bothered me a bit. As far as being called the “black James Bond,” here’s what Elba had to say:

    “It’s a very old rumor. My dad and I were talking about this the other day. I would do it, but I don’t want to be called the first black James Bond. Do you understand what I ‘m saying? Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond. So if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.”As Elba goes on to explain, he didn’t come to the States “to play black roles. I just came to play roles.”

  • Anonymous

    I on’t want to wait until 2018 to see Elba kick ass and take names! Someone need to give him his own franchise – like Bourne or such. Something with brains and not just brawns.
    Make it so!

  • Guest

    Sign me up for anything Iris Elba related. <3

  • Marion Yelle

    Sign me up for anything Idris Elba related. <3

  • Anonymous

    I think age is an issue. At 46, you don’t have a lot of action movies in front of you, unless you’re already an icon like Harrison Ford was at that age.
    And Idris Elba is too cool to have to wait that long. Give him the Black Panther role already!

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    I was rooting for Chiwetel Ejiofor back in aught five when the next Bond was being discussed, but YES. This is awesome.

  • Phuphee

    He is perfect! That would be an amazing movie.

  • John Wao

    I’ll believe it when I see it. It would be nice to see some creative casting when it comes to some of the iconic characters out there like Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and others but, I don’t think it will happen.

    I remember JJ Abrams made a big deal rebooting Star Trek and taking it in a bold new direction yada yada yada and what did we get basically the same old stuff and another time travel plot to boot. The only wrinkle in it was the romantic link between Uhura and Spock.

    Like I said I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Ashe P. Samuels

    I noticed that, too. It’s a shame ‘othering’ language is being used in otherwise positive news articles.

  • Linda Petersen

    Oh please, oh please, oh pleeeeease!

  • Joanna

    Man…he looks good in a suit…

  • ShifterCat

    So long as they kept the things that have made the current incarnation of the Bond franchise good: openly admitting Bond is a thuggish jerk, female characters who aren’t just eye candy, and Judi Dench as M.

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  • Alex Beecroft

    Ooh, he was brilliant in a similar sort of action hero with issues way in Ultraviolet. I think he’d make a great Bond.

  • Justin Peniston

    A good buddy of mine came up with this, and I’ve wanted it ever since.

    Idris Elba should play Lex Luthor. He would make Luthor intimidating, and make a real break from Gene Hackman’s much-beloved turn as the character, and even from Michael Rosenbaum’s scene-stealing portrayal.

    He’d make a good Bond, though.

  • Sabreman

    Hell to the yes!

  • Anonymous

    Same old stuff apart from completely altering the backstories and personalities of Kirk & Spock, you mean.

  • Anonymous


  • Jerilyn Nighy

    He’s already Heimdall in the Marvel Cinematic U. My vote is for Chiwetel Ejiofor.

  • Anonymous

    My main thoughts are: OMNOMNOM NOMNOM

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, are there words here? Because I’m lost staring at that picture.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, Ian Fleming also thought that Sean Connery was wrong for the movies. And guess what? There are black people in Scotland. The movies have diverged cheerfully from the books long ago, or we’d have Daniel Craig running around in 1960s sets. If Bond can have a cell phone, he can be a person of colour.