Idris Elba Is Back in Talks to Be the Next James Bond

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Idris Elba, star of stage and screen both in the United Kingdom and USA, has had the door opened for him by franchise producer Barbara Broccoli, according to Training Day director Antoine Fuqua.

Director Antoine Fuqua chatted to Barbara about who will take over from Daniel Craig, 50, if he hangs up his gun after the next Bond film, due next year.

Yet, rumor or not, people online seem pretty excited about the idea. Fuqua said the move "will happen eventually" and Elba is reportedly the first choice to take on the role. Craig will play Bond one last time in the still untitled Bond 25 flick, although he has infamously tried to get out of the role in the past.

As one might expect, many have reacted to this news with less-than-tolerant online comments, given that Elba is black and Bond has historically been white. "Idris could do it if he was in shape", Fuqua said. 'You need a guy with a physically strong presence.

Idris Elba's filmography proves that he can play any role he damn well wants to. It has now been reported that Luther and Star Trek: Beyond actor Idris Elba is in the running for the role.

Former Sony honcho Amy Pascal backed Elba for the role in 2014 in a leaked email, but the British actor has always shied away from discussing the prospect, and even suggested that a woman should replace Daniel Craig this year.

Idris Elba was a massive early favourite back in 2015, but his own denials and so much time passing had bumped him down the list. That's the part that I'm like, 'Ugh, come on.' Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male?

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