James Bond boss reportedly eyeing Idris Elba to play 007

Tabitha Dunn
August 10, 2018

Idris Elba, star of stage and screen both in the United Kingdom and U.S., has had the door opened for him by franchise producer Barbara Broccoli, according to Training Day director Antoine Fuqua. And now, even though Daniel Craig is back for likely one final round in Danny Boyle's Bond 25, it appears Elba is still a focal point of the "next Bond' conversation - whether he's interested in the role or not".

Fuqua stated that Broccoli told him that "it is time" for a more progressive casting decision, and that it "will happen eventually".

British actor Idris Elba is reportedly being eyed to take over as the new James Bond, once Daniel Craig retires from the role. It seems evident that there's a hope to see the actor as 007 and lead the film franchise in the post-Craig-as-Bond era, but there's no guarantee. He claims that she believes "it is time" for a Black Bond, and he also added, "Idris could do it if he was in shape".

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The actor has already been beaten to the prize by fellow Brit actor David Oyelowo, who recently became the first black actor to play James Bond on the audiobook version of Anthony Horowitz's latest OO7 novel, Trigger Mortis.

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. You need a guy with a physically strong presence.

New rumors suggest Idris Elba may be a frontrunner to to succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond. "That's the part that I'm like, 'Ugh, come on, '" Elba previously told The Independent. "Could be a woman, could be a black woman, could be a white woman, but I think, that character, everybody would like to see it have - do something different with it, why not?"

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